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Like so many holidays this year, Father’s Day is a little different. Instead of big gatherings, it’s a more intimate affair centering around enjoying quality time together. In the spirit of the holiday, we asked five dads about what makes this weekend special. Read on to hear what fatherhood means to them, their Sunday plans, and the best part about being with their kids.
“It’s my first Father’s Day and it’s so special. We’re going to spend the day by safely meeting with the grandparents. It’s been a challenge to do so over the past few months and everyone is looking forward to it. I love being a dad — seeing my baby’s smiles throughout the day. I’m excited to be a role model because they really do pick up on everything!” — Zeeshan Hyder, Chief Financial Officer
“I love the little moments together with my daughter whether it’s cooking, listening to music, or just sitting and chatting about our days. Being a dad means making her smile as often as I can and showing her love and grace in everything I do. This weekend we’re hanging out, ordering takeout, and binge watching something on Netflix.” — Tyson Rossi, Director, Product Marketing
“Everyone knows my girls are my world and being a dad to them means everything to me. They’ve made me grow into the man I am today and for that I’m grateful. Usually I’m the cook at home but this Sunday, I’m taking the day off! I’ll be celebrating with my feet up and eating some delicious barbecue.” — Lan Northington, Regional Hospitality Training Senior Manager, Southern California
“I’m grateful to spend the day with my family. Growing up I may have taken for granted what a gift my parents were to me but now I understand the commitment and dedication it takes to raise a human being. I love coming home from work and having my son jump full speed into my arms. It’s the best feeling to be greeted with such raw enthusiasm.
I’m looking forward to spending the day by surprising my son with a family trip to the beach. Since the start of Covid-19 he’s been begging me to take him and now we can make a safe trip to one that is open. The beaches in San Diego have recently opened and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity. We plan on ending the day with a BBQ at home!” — Chris Edgerton, District Manager, OC, SD, & AZ
“I love going home and seeing my daughter. She smiles from ear to ear because she knows her dad is home. She can soften the toughest heart. Being a dad means I can relive moments I didn’t have with my father. I love being a supportive figure — teaching her the values my mom taught me. This year we’re going to picnic by a lake or somewhere with a beautiful view and really enjoy quality time together.” — Marvin Gonzalez, Delivery Lead, Kearny Mesa