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June 15, 2014

From playtime to life lessons, area children appreciate their dads

FAIRMONT — Father’s Day is a day for people to show appreciation, love and joy for the father figures in their lives.

And in the city that first celebrated Father’s Day, sons and daughters were eager to share stories about what they consider to be the best things about their dads. Their stories ranged from simple moments to consistent things their fathers do for them.

Blake Ringer, 6, and Gavin Ringer, 9, both of Colfax, said they do many things with their father Jason, including playing basketball, baseball, football and wrestling. When asked what was best about their dad, they gave similar responses.

“Driving off the road,” Blake said.

Gavin agreed, adding that their father “can drive a four-wheeler.”

Madison Burdette, 5, also of Colfax, said she likes to play with her father.

“Sometimes we like to play cooking,” she said with a grin. “He said he was going to teach me one day.”

Madison said her father Lawrence makes the best grilled-cheese sandwiches.

Sofia Lucente, 9, of Fairmont, said her father Frank did many things for her.

“I would say if I want something to eat, he’ll make me what I want, not just anything,” she said.

Sofia said her father also brought her and her brother Frankie Lucente to the park to play.

Frankie also described what he considered to be the best thing about his father.

“Sometimes when I ask to get on my iPad, sometimes (my dad) lets me get on it,” Frankie said. “Sometimes when we ask to get in the pool, sometimes he says yes.”

Blair Nuzum, 10, of Fairmont, was at the park with her father B.J. on Friday.

“He cares a lot about me, and he would do almost anything for me,” she said.

Mitchell Nigh, 7, of Fairmont, said the best thing about his father John is “play wrestling with him.”

Macey Nigh, 5, who was shy, said her father “plays with me all the time.”

Some children pointed out their surroundings to explain what was best about their father.

Eli West, 4, of Fairmont, pointed out why his dad Brian was the best: “He lets me go over there,” Eli said, pointing to the new splash park at Palatine Park and smiling. “He lets me play when he’s not watching the news.”

Parker Newman, 4, of Shinnston, thought long and hard about what made his father the best. He placed his hand on his face as he thought about it, and even told his mother that they had not talked about what was best about his father.

“He takes me to the swimming pool,” Parker said after a few moments of pondering. “He takes me to Pa-Paw’s.”

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