DAD’S DAY TO­MOR­ROW Chil­dren in Cape Town tell us how much their fa­thers mean to them

Sun­day’s the day, and kids tell just how much their fa­thers mean to them

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THANDANANI MHLANGA

ASK A LIT­TLE child about their fa­ther and you will be told about a near-su­per­hu­man paragon of wealth, strength and abil­ity who finds time in his world-sav­ing sched­ule to hang the sun in the sky each morn­ing.

Cape Town’s young­sters are no dif­fer­ent; and from what they say, it’s easy to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of Fa­ther’s Day and the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of their dads’ con­tri­bu­tion to their lives.

We spoke to a ran­dom col­lec­tion of kids in the City Bowl aged three to 13, who all sang their fa­thers’ praises and said what they most loved about them.

Ev­ery day be­fore he goes to school, eight-year-old Edrich Charles’s fa­ther tells him to “go care­fully”, some­thing he says he al­ways re­mem­bers through­out his day.

And what makes his dad cool? “I like his car, I like it when we drive to­gether,” Edrich says, adding that his dad has taught him to drive.

“I put the hand-brake up, put the car in neu­tral, start the car, then I drive.”

Seven-year-old Jas­mine Mooda­ley of Port El­iz­a­beth, who is vis­it­ing the Mother City with her fam­ily, says she is her daddy’s “princess”.

He is the “ab­so­lute best” be­cause he takes her to the park. She will show her grat­i­tude by “hug­ging him and kiss- ing him lots” on Fa­ther’s Day.

Most kids saw their dad as the per­son to speak to when they needed a treat or a gift. Moms were more likely to say no than dads.

“My daddy lets me go to the shop to buy sher­bet. He spoils me,” said Cas­sady Gertse, seven, with a naughty gleam in her eye.

But Adam Ja­cobs, eight, wasn’t hav­ing as much luck dur­ing an out­ing to the Fan Fest with his par­ents this week.

Ev­i­dently up­set at hav­ing been re­fused some­thing, it took a bit of coax­ing and care­ful ques­tion­ing for him to ad­mit that his fa­ther was “of­ten” fun to have around.

Ameera Shaboodien, six, said her dad not only liked her, but took her to the park where they played and sang.

And while Ameera will spend Fa­ther’s Day with her dad at her grand­fa­ther’s house to­mor­row, some lit­tle ones like Jaseera Fred­er­icks, three, can only blow a kiss on the phone to their dads who can’t be home for Fa­ther’s day.

Her dad is in Namibia, but “he says he’s go­ing to come back soon”. And when he does, says Jaseera, she’ll be wear­ing her “pur­ple brookie and pink shoes”.

The World Cup has pro­vided a great bond­ing op­por­tu­nity for many dads and their sons. Chad Naidoo, eight, a soc­cer player, says he loves be­ing out on the field with his fa­ther, Churese.

The ar­dent Liver­pool sup­porter was at his fa­ther’s side dur­ing the South Africa vs Uruguay match, and says al­though Bafana have been so “junk”, they’ve en­joyed watch­ing their two matches to­gether.

Luck­ily for Churese, his son knows ex­actly what he’ll be get­ting him for Fa­ther’s day – a can of Coke.

Mitchells Plain’s Cameron El­liot, six, was on an out­ing with his dad, Shaun, and lit­tle sis­ter, Jenna, when we caught up with him. He said he looked for­ward to the hugs he got from dad when­ever he did well and that on out­ings such as that one, while his mom was at the hair­dresser’s, he could of­ten per­suade dad to buy him a game or two.

Chris­tian Cook­son, 12, thought her dad was great. “He al­ways helps us with ev­ery­thing. He spoils us, takes us out and he’s lov­able and kind.”

His eight-year-old brother, Luke, said he en­joyed their out­ings to Strand­fontein, when they would fish and then cook their catch.

Some dads are do­ing the child-rais­ing all on their own.

Mark Cromp­ton is in South Africa with his two daugh­ters on one of the many trips they take all over the world.

The New Zealand fam­ily of three make a point of vis­it­ing the most re­mote ar­eas of the world, all year round.

“We don’t have a mom, so he’s kind of been a mom and dad and he’s good to us. He can also tie up my hair in a pony­tail re­ally well,” said Jess, 13.

His­to­ri­ans have recorded that the cel­e­bra­tion of Fa­ther’s Day goes back thou­sands of years in some cul­tures.

Stud­ies show that 4 000 years ago in Baby­lon, a son called Emelsu carved a fa­ther’s day mes­sage on a clay tablet. Emelsu wished his fa­ther a long and healthy life.

Fol­low­ing that tra­di­tion, Aaliyah Doutie, 12, and Nadeemah Basardie, nine, are go­ing to make cards for their dads for Fa­ther’s Day.

And Phontsho Mak­goa will draw her dad a pic­ture.

With this as­sort­ment of rea­sons they are great, and with the ex­cit­ing gifts lined up for them on the mor­row, it prom­ises to be a very happy Fa­ther’s Day in Cape Town.

PIC­TURES: WERNER NYSS­CHEN

DADDY’S GIRLS: Ameera, six, and Ie­maan Sha­boodie, four, out with grand­dad, Fuad Barnes.

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