“Dear daughter… Follow Bitcoin’s principles; don't just listen to me, do your own research.”

This is an opinion editorial by Will Schoellkopf, author of “The Bitcoin Dog” and a soon-to-be father.

I was a computer science student at UCLA when I first heard about Bitcoin in 2013.

Skeptical of this new magic internet money, it wasn't long before the Mt. Gox exchange implosion would confirm that skepticism, illustrating just how important it is to have self custody of your bitcoin.

At the time, however, easy-to-use cold storage hardware wallet solutions were not yet available, so I made the mistake of giving up, deciding then and there that it was not worth the work to learn more about Bitcoin.

I was wrong. While you have yet to be born, my heart is already warm with your love.

As I reflect about this upcoming Father’s Day, my first as a soon-to-be father, I can already picture myself holding you in my arms.

You're swaddled in a cute, little onesie and a floppy-eared hat, and as I rock you side to side, I nudge your nose with my nose.

“Who’s daddy’s girl?" I whisper in your ear. "You are!” My eyes swell with pride.

A smile beams across my face when — to my surprise — you struggle to reach your hand out and grab my nose! Your tiny little fingers are barely able to grab on.

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