Birthday presents are great, but there’s truly no gift more special than hearing about how your life has impacted the ones that you love.
For Steve Harvey’s last birthday, his wife, Marjorie, and their seven children decided to do exactly that for the great man who changed all of their lives for the better. Looking back on a past of great successes and tough sacrifices, Steve realized that his greatest accomplishment rested in the eight smiling faces staring back at him on stage.
As each one reflected on their most special memory with their father, Steve could hardly choke back the tears, especially when his stepson Jason started to pour his heart out.
“As a man, you gave me your last name….If only you knew the true amount of love that I have for you,” said Jason. “I need for you to know that now. It don’t get no better than you. You it.”
The waterworks continued as Steve’s wife, Marjorie, expressed her deep affections for him:
“I told my father years ago that I was truly looking for a man that was like my father because I had an example in my house, and I told him—one day I came home and I said, ‘Daddy, I finally found him.’ And he said, ‘You think so?’…And I said, ‘I know so.'”
At the end of the emotional tribute, Steve called it his “greatest TV moment” and closed in saying it was, in fact, “the greatest moment [he’s] ever had.”
In closing, he spoke these heartfelt words to his children as a final word of encouragement:
“When I’m done, I want you all to just have remembered that somebody cared more about you than himself and that I want you to care more about someone else than yourself. I will defend your honor until I die. I love all of you. This is what it is for me. This is the greatest moment I’ve ever had.”