This Father’s Day, The State Journal went to the people who know dads better than anyone: Kids. A handful from the downtown YMCA day camp share their advice, memories – and thanks.
What makes your dad special?
Jordan Searcy, 9: Well, my dad bought a go-kart engine for my go-kart and he buys food for us. He’s a good man.
Danielle Phillips, 5: Is this really going in the newspaper? OK, well when I’m sick all the time he always helps me. How’s that?
Katelyn Perugini, 9 ¾: He’s special to me, he’s my only dad. He’s my best dad in the entire world. It’s by the heart that you know your dad is special. And also because your mother married him.
Trinity Yett, 8: He’s special because he cleans the house and he lets me watch cartoons in the morning.
Evan Dawes, 5 ½: We go to restaurants together and play on bikes.
Alexis Jones, 10: Every time my granddaddy’s doing something he’ll take time away from what he’s doing to help me. Like sometimes when he’s workin’ on the car and my bike gets a flat tire he’ll help me first.
What are some of your best memories with your dad?
Danielle: He always wrestles with me and stuff. We’re just playin’ though. We don’t punch each other or anything, we just play.
Jordan: We work on stuff together. I do get to help him work on cars sometimes. Yeah, that’s good.
Katelyn: When I was young and I didn’t have a bike, he attached a chair to the back of his bike and we made our own ride. Up and down the streets … it was amazing.
Evan: He takes me for piggyback rides and he got me a bike and I rode it by myself. But not all by myself actually because it had training wheels on it.
Alexis: I do everything with my granddaddy. We went to McDonald’s when there was a severe thunderstorm, and there were sirens going off and stuff, but I still got me some chicken nuggets.
Trinity: We went to the Expo together and I didn’t have to spend my own money when we were there.
Do you have any advice for dads?
Evan: Daddies should be nice and help with homework, but I actually do my own homework.
Alexis: He should not be afraid to speak his mind about what he thinks about his children.
Jordan: Be there for your kids when they need you.
Danielle: If you want to be a good dad, take (your kids) to Gatti’s Pizza and play games with them there. And have big muscles, too.
Trinity: Try to be nice and don’t yell.
Katelyn: They should protect their children.
If you could say one thing to your dad, what would it be?
Danielle: Thank you for helping me with my homework sometimes. And I love you. And thank you for helping me take a bath.
Evan: Dad, I love you. And thanks for always going to Walmart with me.
Katelyn: My dad does great things. Thank you for being my best dad in the whole entire world, dad.
Trinity: Thanks, thanks, thanks. And I would have to say thank you for being helpful on my homework.
Alexis: Thank you for taking me to McDonald’s in that storm. And thank you for being my friend and companion who’s always there for me.
Jordan: I would just tell him I love him.