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