It was an emotional night for the Baltierra family.
First, Tyler was a bit apprehensive about the party, seeing as though it’s only been one year since his father left the facility.
“Maybe this is not a good thing to do,” he told Catelynn. “I don’t know, I didn’t really research it. People do this? Do addicts even want to do that?”
“Hell yeah it is! To celebrate his sobriety… absolutely it is,” the 24-year-old told her husband.
The couple opted to buy a vanilla cake with the words “Happy One Year of Freedom” written out in frosting.
Although his family remembered the exact date of his release from prison, Butch showed up to the barbecue with no idea what the celebration was exactly for.
“I forgot,” he told his family. “I’ve been out a year. A year of no violations, no nothing!”
Everyone seemed excited to get the party going, yet Tyler continued to question whether or not throwing his dad a party was a good idea.
“Is this a thing? Do people do this?” he asked Butch.
“For my track record, yeah,” he replied. “I’d say that’s a pretty big deal.”
Butch then started to get upset while scrolling through his phone and when the family asked why he was so down, he told them that his daughter Amber (Tyler’s older sister), sent him an emotional text.
“She said, ‘Dad, I’m sorry I can’t be there,’ ” Butch began to read. ” ‘I’m so proud of you and honored to call you my father. For once in my life I feel… a father worth looking up to. I love you dad. You have trumped every doubt I’ve ever had about you.’ That’s what she said.”
After hearing his sister’s message to their dad, Tyler, 24, began to get emotional as well. The Michigan native had been in jail for much of Tyler’s life on various drug charges, but was released on Aug. 6 2015 and has been living a sober lifestyle ever since.
“One year can make up for 20 years of just bull crap,” he told Butch. “It’s all because your right state of mind.”