A Father's Day tribute: Dad-tales from the CBC Saskatchewan, CBC Saskatoon staff
Special occasions like Father's Day are always made more memorable with special stories.
Here are some of our favourite dad-tales as told on CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend by some of the weekend staff.
'Mushy tough guy'
Alex Soloducha, CBC Saskatchewan reporter and web writer, describes her dad, Patrick, as "a mushy tough guy."
"One of my favourite things about my dad is how sentimental he is — it's just so adorable. You can always count on him being the one tearing up in the cutest moments," she explained.
She said there was a recent moment in particular that sticks out in her mind: it all started when her sister Sarah texted her about watching television with their father.
"This toilet paper commercial comes on where a single dad is making his daughter feel better and dabbing her tears with toilet paper throughout her life — like her getting ditched at prom and all these things — and then [my sister] looks over, and my dad is just crying," Soloducha said.
"That was just something you could rely on for my dad was just crying over all the cutest things."
'My dad souped-up my sweet 1996 Sunfire'
Stephanie Taylor, CBC Saskatchewan reporter and web writer, says her step-dad, Dan, was the reason why she wasn't stranded for most of her early 20s.
"My [stepdad] is the type of guy who is there for you whenever you need him — not just emotionally to talk — in terms of physical work and helping you out when you're in a pickle."
She said a story that she remembers most, was a time when she got very first car: a two-door, 1996 Pontiac Sunfire with a spoiler.
She noted that he was there for her through thick and thin, faithfully watching her drive her vehicle into curbs and back-up into garbage cans.
He even altered her car, installing a truck-engine in fear that her car wouldn't start when the weather turned cold.
"I grew up in Winnipeg, so we always have to plug our cars in for the winter because it's kind of like an icebox there, and he knew that, you know, 20-year-old me was not going to do that, wasn't responsible enough yet," Taylor said.
She explained that her car became a point of pride and that she would brag to her friends saying, "My dad souped-up my sweet 1996 Sunfire with a truck engine so I don't need to plug it in."
"I don't think I would have had that car without him. I just would have been stranded, which I frankly deserved to be."
'It was all for me'
Alicia Bridges, CBC Saskatoon reporter and web writer, says her dad, Ron, powered through his unease with horses to help her keep doing what she loved most: horseback riding.
Bridges, who is originally from Western Australia in a city called Kalgoorlie, said when she thinks about her dad, she remembers an instance that took place when she was about 15 or 16.
During that time, they kept their two horses in a paddock about 30 minutes out of town where the animals would be tended to and fed.
"We actually ended up with a lot of rain that summer which is really unusual for the place that I lived," she explained, saying that the paddock ended up flooding with knee-high water.
"When we went to get [the horses], we walked them out of the paddock through the flood-water to where we had parked our trailer," she said. "My dad was not someone who was really sort of comfortable with horses. He hadn't grown up with them. It was all for me. So we took the horses up to the trailer and they just didn't want to go in."
That's when her dad went inside of the trailer to try and lure the horses into the transporting vehicle with hay.
She said he stood behind a t-bar that was used to tie the horses up and when he grabbed hold of the lead rope of the first horse, it jumped backwards out of the trailer.
"He was pulled into the t-bar and hit his chest," she said. "It really shook him but he persevered."
She said, in the end, they weren't able to get the horses into the trailer but she remembers how much effort her dad put into helping her out.
'A total inability to sing'
Alec Salloum, CBC Saskatchewan reporter and associate producer, says even though his dad, Brady, passed away eight years ago, he still remembers his love for music.
"He had a love of singing and a total inability to sing — which, I mean, is really unfortunate because there's somebody that really loved to sing but for the life of him absolutely could not," Salloum laughed. "And he knew this. He was absolutely aware and it didn't stop him."
He said the most memorable part of his childhood road trips was listening to his dad sing song after song.
"I remember a Tom Petty and a Wallflowers tape at the time. He just belted the entire thing and would, like, modulate his voice and like try to go Mariah Carey levels," Salloum said.
"It got to the point where I remember he would kind of like, threaten us with singing, like, 'If you guys don't behave on this car ride, you're hearing nothing but me signing Neil Young from here to Saskatoon.'"
Although he lost dad 8 years ago, Salloum admitted that Father's Day is still difficult to get through.
"You get to see your friends, you know, remember and talk about those good memories with their dad and unfortunately I had 15 years with my dad and that's it," he said.
"At the same time, a decade and a half with that guy was amazing."