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What are your fond memories of Father’s Day?
By Ann Carin Niland
Jeremy Stone, 29, Felton, at Lulu Carpenter’s
Jeremy is coming up on his first Father’s Day with his 2-month-old son.
“We haven’t talked about Father’s Day yet. We’ve talked about Mother’s Day, but I’m sure that’s next in the queue,” said Stone. “My father and I would play basketball together. We would do a lot of things together usually. But I do remember there would be Father’s Days where we would spend the whole day together. Kind of traipse around the city, and then play basketball and just hang out.”
Reynaldo Olivas, 37, Davenport, who has kids 12 and 7, interviewed at Atlantis Fantasyworld
When he tried to recall a specific Father’s Day his oldest chimed in, “I got one. We made Dad pancakes, and made him breakfast in bed.”
“They do that every year,” said Olivas.
“No, this was the only time we really brought it to you in bed,” said his oldest.
“That was a pretty good one,” said Olivas. “(I remember) all the colorings they give me. All the drawings they make me. They always give me something on Father’s Day that they make. They don’t go buy anything they make it. It’s pretty cool.”
Erasmo Garcia 40, of Live Oak, with kids 6 and 4, interviewed at Live Oak Elementary School
“Well the first one, he was born on Fathers Day, so that was journey number one and the fun began right there. Every weekend when we can we go spend some time at the beach, we go spend some time at the parks, theme parks, and the zoo. He’s really excited about all those things. But last year he made me a little letter. That was the first one from (the afterschool program). It was really good. I was really proud of that.”
Pedro Rodriguez, of Santa Cruz with kids 9 and 5, interviewed at Live Oak Elementary School
“Spending the whole day with them, and them catering to me. It’s pretty nice. They always try to do something special for me and it’s pretty nice.”
Ann Carin Niland is a parent, student, and intersectional feminist. She hasn’t quite adjusted to writing about herself in the third person.