The Herald Bulletin

June 15, 2013

Locals recall advice from 'dear ol' dad'

Cliches ring true on Father's Day

By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Dads wear funny clothes, tell corny jokes and dance with a spastic, 'zoppity-boopity' style reminiscent of Bill Cosby.

Or at least that's how we think of them, thanks to sitcoms and other popular media that often portray dads as loveable, but clueless goofs, passing the buck to moms when sons ask about homework or daughters ask about the birds and bees.

But that's usually far from the truth. And, for all the grief they take, our dads are actually pretty smart guys. They also give their kids some solid, if a little cliched, advice on everything from love to money.

This Father's Day, The Herald Bulletin asked some locals for the best advice they ever got from dear old dad — something profound, poignant, or even a little funny. Here's what they said:

Teresa Patty, of Alexandria, said her dad told her, "Honesty is the most important thing. Be honest with people."

See? Pretty smart. But wait — there's more.

Jakki Brinks' dad was more focused on ethics. Brinks, of Noblesville, said he told her, "Always work hard, and always maintain your integrity." Her dad obviously never worked in politics.

Then there's Lyla Steele, 7, of Anderson, whose dad apparently moonlights as Superman. He told her, "Always be very strong and courageous," she said. "Always love each other and care about each other. Take care of each other."

Other dads gave advice on finances. Whether or not they're qualified to give said advice remains to be seen, but some of it seems spot-on.

For example, Lisa Smith, of Shirley, said her dad always told her, "Take care of your money, and your money will take care of you." Seems legit, right?

But when it comes to financial advice, Jeff Cupp's dad has the absolute clincher.

"Dad always told me to find a woman with good teeth, whose daddy had a lot of money," said Cupp, of Fort Wayne. "Isn't that right?" he asked, grinning at his wife.

Fortunately for Cupp, she seemed amused.

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