June 19, 2009 — "Ask Dad. He knows." That's the sign on a drugstore wall in the classic Jimmy Stewart movie It's A Wonderful Life. While Dad doesn't really always know, it's amazing as we grow older how much most people learn to appreciate their father's wisdom in a deeper way.
Father's Day is Sunday, and many of country's biggest stars — including Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan and Carrie Underwood — have huge affection for their dads. Here's what some of them are saying about their fathers, or about being a father:
• Lee Ann Womack: "He's very smart. So I think just by watching him read and the things that are important to him, as far as what he chooses to watch on TV when he has a little time off or whatever, I think that always had an influence on me. I wanted to please him, I wanted to be like him, and so I would watch him and try to be i nto those same kinds of things. So I learned a lot of things about history and everything else just from watching him and getting it sort of through osmosis."
• Pat Green, to Dial-Global: "Father's Day really is every day. If you're not on the road, then it's kids climbing all over you, and that's all I want out of a Father's Day is just, like, more of the same. I like to play with my kids. We got a pool in the backyard. We can go swimming and cuttin' up. I have a cool tie that my son made for me one time. It's like [a] little cut out piece of cloth that's shaped like a tie and he taped stuff all over it like baseballs and golf balls — just cool dad stuff that he wrote on it: 'You're the greatest dad,' and all this stuff. So yeah, I'll probably wear that on Father's Day."
• Craig Morgan: "I try to lead by example. I try real hard to do the right thing, so that my kids see that and know that that's the way we do business, and the reason we do things is because it is the right thing. You don't fight unless you have to, and if you have to, you win. You never hit a woman, you be respectful to a woman, but don't let nobody disrepect you. Just simple little things that my dad taught me and that we try to carry over, and I think the best way to teach these kids is by doing it yourself. If they see me yellin' at their mama, they're gonna think it 's okay for them to yell at their girlfriends. So I think it's important that we lead by example."
• Carrie Underwood: "My dad's the kind of person that most likely he'll never look at me or my sisters and say, 'Hey, I'm proud of you,' or 'You're doing a great job,' or anything like that, but I catch him, like, watching things that he's taped of me on TV and stuff like that. That means a lot. And I'd meet co-workers of his that used to work with him, and they'd say, 'Your dad has pictures of you all over his desk.' Like, proud, to the world — not so much to me, but proud to the world."
• Brad Paisley: "My grandpa and I had an argument back when I [had been] playin' the guitar for a couple years. And we were best buddies. And I came up the alley all upset, and I told my dad that he got mad at me. My dad called, and said, 'What happened? What did you guys have a fight about?' And [Grandpa] was hemmin' and hawin' around a little bit, and we'd been playin' the guitar, and I guess I had showed him how to do somethin', and he wasn't gettin' it. And I might've been a little short with him, and he ended up being a lot short with me. And long story short, he got mad at me because, he said [to Dad], 'Well, Doug, truth is he di d it better than I did.' And he was just kind of mad at himself at the same time that he was really proud of me. And that's pretty wild, and I remember that, and boy, no one would be prouder now."