Valdosta Daily Times

June 16, 2013

Celebrate Father’s Day today with your loved ones

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Today is Father’s Day, a perfect time to tell the man who raised you how much you care for him.

When you are a child, your father is the world to you. He is the big, strong protector who provides for the family and teaches you the things you need to learn to be a productive adult. As you age, your relationship changes and you start realizing that your father isn’t always right, and may be somewhat forgetful, and he may tell the same stories and jokes over and over again, but he was always there for you, so you should always be there for him.

For those whose birth fathers didn’t raise you, a father might have been another male relative or friend who set examples, helped teach you right from wrong, and who had a strong influence over your life.

Just like the 10 Things I Learned in Kindergarten, a popular list compiled by an author a few years ago, sometimes the simplest lessons you are taught and learned as a child are the ones you need throughout your life.

Respect others, don’t take things that don’t belong to you, clean up after yourself, take responsibility for your mistakes, be kind and thoughtful, open doors for others, say please and thank you, etc. These are all habits we should practice no matter how young or old we are.

If your father or father figure is still around, take the time today to let them know just how special they are to you and how much you appreciate all of the advice and help you’ve been given throughout your life. Even if it means having to sit through the same stories over and over, one of these days, he won’t be there and you’ll remember back to these times with love and longing.

And for those whose fathers are no longer with us, take some time today to remember them, reminisce with family members, and do something you know that he would have enjoyed.

Happy Father’s Day!

Business Roundup

The newest Dollar General, located on the corner of Forrest and Northside Drive, celebrated its grand opening yesterday. Another one will begin construction anytime now on North Valdosta Road on a lot being cleared across from El Toreo.

The China Garden restaurant on North Ashley Street has reopened after being closed for several years.

I’ve heard from several folks that the renovations on the former church building on North Valdosta Road next to Badcock’s is going to be a furniture store, but I have been given two different names, so not sure which it’s going to be.

For those who missed my column last week, the Hooter’s restaurant is going to be reopened soon. Also, the former Hollywood Video location on Gornto Road is going to be the location of a Lifeway Christian Store.

Don’t miss the story in the section this week about Wild Wing Cafe. They don’t have a location yet, but they are coming to Valdosta for sure.

There is a new restaurant or drinking establishment called Big Al’s that is coming soon to Lake Park on Highway 41 South where KC’s Pizza was.

The new Olde Mill Town Auction house opened last week in Remerton and I understand they had a great grand opening.

Also, the new Community Depot is open on North Ashley Street and was dedicated Friday to Joan Bailey, the widow of VSU’s Dr. Hugh Bailey and a lovely woman who has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community. The Community Depot is a thrift store that will support three charities — the Red Cross, Easter Seals and the Humane Society.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!