What Cam Learned From Her Father

Lesson No. 1: How to Get Down From a Redwood Tree

Right after Cam’s CMT Music Awards rehearsal last week, we had a chance to catch up, and the conversation turned to family. With Father’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to know about the important lessons Cam’s dad taught her.

It turns out, he taught her to rely on herself.

“We had redwood trees in our backyard in Northern California, and I would climb up them because the branches were kind of small,” she explained. “So it worked if you were a kid, but as an adult, you’d be too heavy.”

When she’d climb too high and get stuck, she’d call for help.

“I’d scream for my dad, and he’d come outside, and I’d say, ‘Dad, get me down!” Cam told me. “And he’d say, ‘I literally can’t, but I’ll cheer you on when you get yourself out of it.’ That kind of mentality is what my family is really all about: You build yourself up, you weather the storm, and we’re here for you, but don’t be afraid to do stuff on your own.”

Her father sounds like he’s a great dad but also a great husband and a great man. Cam said she and her sister both tried to find guys like him. (Cam and Adam Weaver have been engaged since September.)

“My dad will get home from work, and he and my mom will go out on the patio and sit next to each other and drink a beer and just agree with each other,” she said. “It’s so cute. They’re really adorable. That’s all I want. I got rocking chairs for me and Adam. And we’ll go out on those chairs and have a drink, just like my mom and dad do.”

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