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Crossroads residents recall Dad's best life lessons (video)

By ALLISON MILES
June 13, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.

Andrew Cano, 28, and Avery Cano, 2, play at his parents' home in Victoria. Cano and his daughter, Avery, love to take photos together and play together after he comes home from work. Cano said his father, John Cano III, always put him first when he was growing up. "And that's what I'm going to do for her," he said about Avery.

Dad's big day can mean big business

Father's Day is just around the corner, and that means many people are out and about looking for that perfect gift.

The average person will spend $119.84 on Dad's gifts this year, according to a National Retail Federation news release. That's up from last year's $117.14.

Nationwide, total spending will reach an estimated $13.3 billion.

Wondering what people are spending that money on? Here's a closer look.

• $2.5 billion: Special outings

• $1.8 billion: Clothing

• $1.8 billion: Gift cards

• $1.7 billion: Electronic gadgets

• $755 million: Home improvement and gardening tools

• $710 million: Sporting goods

• $707 million: Personal care items

• $592 million: Automotive accessories

Source: National Retail Federation news release

When it comes to daddy/daughter time, sometimes the most meaningful of moments come when you aren't doing anything at all.

Such is the case for Andrew Cano, whose favorite times with his rough-and-tumble 2-year-old come when they're leaning in for a picture.

The tradition started one evening when he and his daughter, Avery Cano, were cuddled up on the couch. When he grabbed his phone to snap a shot with his little girl, she found a new hobby.

"She loves taking pictures. She knows how to use the camera," said Cano, who works in instrumentation at Dow. "She's my pistol."

The doting daddy's phone is filled with images of the energetic tot making faces, playing with the family dogs and chilling with her No. 1 guy. And, while the pictures are photographic proof that Avery slows down from time to time, Cano admitted she has a tendency to run him ragged.

"Chase me!" she called, careening through her grandparents' yard, a Mickey Mouse bouncy ball clutched in her hands.

"Dada's tired," he said with a sigh. "It's days like this when I don't even have to go to the gym. This is enough."

The 28-year-old might be well on his way to teaching his little girl the ways of the world, but he said he had a role model who helped him get where he is today. His own father, John Cano III, taught him an important life lesson.

"Love your kids like they're No. 1," he said. "He always did that for us."

Here, other Crossroads residents weigh in on the biggest lessons their fathers taught them through the years.

"He's taught me to shoot a gun. I was shooting at targets, just practicing. My brother hasn't learned anything yet."

Name: Alli Murray

Age: 6

City: Inez

Father: Alan Murray

"Fixing computers. We've watched him do that. It's pretty cool. After he fixes it, he puts a virus on there, and we can fix it."

Name: Brennan Proctor

Age: 9

City: Victoria

Father: Guy Duane Proctor

"The biggest lesson he taught me was to be a man and take care of your kids."

Name: Jacob Licon

Age: 21

City: Cuero

Occupation: Employee at Mount Vernon Mills

Father: David Licon

"Never give up and always stay strong."

Name: Mara Olguin

Age: 19

City: Victoria

Occupation: Unemployed

Father: Blas Longoria

"I learned to be responsible and keep up with my stuff."

Name: Austin Christensen

Age: 11

City: Victoria

Father: Clive Christensen

"I've learned to live life to the fullest and live each day like it's your last."

Name: Miranda Beaver

Age: 20

City: Victoria

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Father: Walter Beaver

"I've learned never to take anything for granted and to work for anything I want."

Name: Xavier Sledge

Age: 20

City: Victoria

Occupation: Oil-field worker

Father: Wilborn Sledge

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