Remembering Dads on Father’s Day
Interviews and photos by Nia Tariq | 6/14/2019, 6 a.m.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. It’s a day for letting dads, or the father figures in our lives, know how much we appreciate them by taking them out to eat and just kicking back and remembering the good times shared.
Aside from the dad jokes, fathers are usually known for their priceless nuggets of advice and teachable moments.
The Free Press recently asked people around town:
What is the most important lesson your father taught you?
Linnea Nelson, 26, North Chesterfield, freelance writer:
“To always value and appreciate beauty, whether in the natural world or in the arts or in any form — to always respect beauty.”
Levern “Moose” Flemming, 50, Highland Park, moving company operations manager:
“He taught me respect — to take care of your family. I have eight kids and I’m taking care of all of them. And to always respect women and respect your elders.”
Nandhitha Agaram, 44, Glen Allen, librarian:
“Value everybody the same, be respectful of what they do or what position they have in their life. It’s not about how much they earn or what religion they are. Everybody is the same and you treat everybody the same.”
Bobby Williams, 50, Downtown, property manager:
“To work hard, stay out of trouble and put family first. You’ve got to work hard (and) help out around the house. You’ve got to take care of your children. And respect people.”
Lt. Andrea McCoy Garrett, 41, Downtown, U.S. Navy:
“My father always taught me to go after math and science and never to stop learning. And I think I keep that alive.”
Gabriel Dixon, 24, North Side, intern in health care administration program:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. My father is the type to give the clothes off his back right then and there and then go out and buy you a whole other wardrobe … I’ve definitely grown from that and practiced it, and I like to instill it in the people I come across.”
Brianna Thomas, 6, Hanover County, elementary school student:
“To ride a bike with no training wheels, so I can ride my bike every single day.”