One father, two best-friends and a daddy-daughter dance to remember
ELKHART COUNTY —
A night to remember. Father-daughter dances always make unforgettable memories for girls and their dads.
One Elkhart County father wanted to make sure his daughters friend had that memory almost a year after her dad died.
Ten-year-olds Angelina Saputo and Ellcy Miller have been friends since they were in kindergarten.
Angelina's dad Russell Saputo says he remembers when the girls first met because Ellcy's smile was so bright.
"I told my wife, I said, 'who is that little girl right there?' I could just not get over those cheeks and that smile,” said Russell.
But this week marks a sad day for Ellcy. It's the one-year anniversary of her father's death.
"It made me sad too, just thinking how sad she was,” said Angelina.
That's why the Saputo family wanted to do everything they could to keep Ellcy smiling.
Last month, Angelina had a daddy-daughter dance at Trinity Lutheran School in Elkhart. Russell showed up with two dates.
"We decided that if she doesn't have anybody to go with then she could go with us,” said Angelina. "We ate a lot of food and we got to dance and play games."
Memories Ellcy says, that reminded her of the times she'd spend with her dad. Even when she and Russell had to do some silly father-daughter dances.
"It was funny, it takes some practice. It takes me out of my element. I think the last time I danced was 21-years-ago with my wife at our wedding,” Russell said.
"Seeing her smile made me happy,” Angelina said.
It's a memory none of them would trade for the world. An act of kindness that Russell hopes will make someone else pay it forward.
"The world is not going to change unless we start treating each other how we all want to be treated,” he said.
"Don't be mean to your best friend and hope that they'll be your best friend forever,” Angelina said.
Ellcy attends St. Thomas The Apostle in Elkhart.
She says she hopes Russ can be her date to a daddy-daughter dance again next year.