Washington's father interviewed his two daughters on his first day of school each year.
Republic of Arizona
How would it feel to see you grow?
This is a question that Mackenzie and Madison Scruggs, a graduate of Grand Canyon University and another freshman at the university, have been able to answer.
His father, a resident of Silverdale, Washington, Kevin Scruggs, interviewed them every year on his first day of school until they graduated from high school. He combined the clips in touching viral videos to celebrate his high school graduations.
Scruggs said he started filming his daughters because he wanted to commemorate the important moments of their lives.
"I love being a father, and I'm sentimental, so I was thinking that when they went to school, I wanted to capture him," he said. "Life is about moments and capturing those moments."
Because he started filming his daughters before social networks or YouTube existed, Scruggs said, his original purpose for his back-to-school interviews was "just to enjoy."
However, these interviews, which were compiled into videos to show at the girls' graduation parties, turned viral: Mackenzie returned in 2017 when she graduated and Madison over the course of a few days.
The videos, which begin in first grade for Mackenzie, now 20, and kindergarten for Madison, 18 – show the two girls talking about a variety of topics: the content of Madison's locker (lip balm, shampoo dry and more), Mackenzie and her father discussing the exploration of cute boys and more.
Mackenzie's video, which went viral when it was published for graduation in 2017, has more than 2 million views on YouTube. In just a few days, Scruggs said the video was number two with trends on YouTube, surpbaded only by the advance of a movie.
"We were impressed by that," he said.
Meanwhile, Madison's video, which was just released last week, has been more of a "slow recording," Scruggs said. He has recently reached more than 100,000 views on YouTube.
Although Scruggs hired someone to help edit and produce the videos, he said he participated in the planning and orchestration of the production, calling the video production a "collaborative effort" between him and the producer.
Mackenzie graduated from Grand Canyon University in April with a degree in Business Administration, and Madison will begin her first year at GCU in the fall. Scruggs said that having his daughters in a Christian university was a priority for his family.
"When we started this trip, we told the girls, in your first year of college, that we really want you to go to a Christian college in your freshman year," Scruggs said. "We are followers of Jesus and that is … most of our lives."
Scruggs added that he believes Phoenix's sunny weather could have influenced his choice of college.
"We live in Washington and the weather here is not always the best, so the AZ winter sun was attractive," he said in a telephone interview The Republic of Arizona.
Scruggs said he liked to interact with other parents who had seen the videos and heard their stories about creating memories with their children.
"It's been fun to share with the girls, but I also have the opportunity to talk to other parents and that's really cool, just to interact with other parents," Scruggs said. "We are all in the same boat, on the same trip, we love our children and there are many parents who are making memories with their children and doing great things." And I'm lucky that mine somehow attracted people's interest and they thought it was great to see. "
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Scruggs said he is grateful that through his videos they are viral, he can share his love and pride for his daughters with the world.
"As a dad, I'm grateful that people can see how amazing our girls are, I'm just a fan of both, I loved being a parent, I loved every day of their lives and their mother and I could not be more proud of them.
If someone smiles at that, it's like a cake, because they are incredible children. "
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