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Father knows best: Local dads prepare for Father's Day

June 14th, 2014 11:13 pm by Carter Giegerich, Press Staff Writer

Father knows best: Local dads prepare for Father's Day

Steve Ricker said he was looking forward to spending the day with his wife and five children. (Carter Giegerich/Johnson City Press)

Father’s Day is today, and many families have big plans for the holiday. Whether it’s taking a family trip or just staying home and pulling the cover off the grill, many families have Father’s Day traditions or are well on their way to creating them.

For many families in Johnson City, this year’s Father’s Day is all about spending time together and making the most of what’s important to them.

“It’s just going to be a nice, relaxing day,” said Steve Ricker, a local father of five. Ricker says that his family will be going to church this morning and enjoying the rest of the day together as a family.

Lots of families have similar plans this year, focusing on family ties rather than elaborate trips or over-the-top presents.

In a time when there’s so much pressure to get the right gift, or secure the right reservation for holiday dinners, it’s refreshing to see families embracing a holiday as a chance to come together. For Derek Redd, Father’s Day is all about being grateful for what he has.

“Just being a father to my son, that’s the most rewarding thing,” said Redd, who spent Saturday with his son Malik at the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club for an afternoon of free games and entertainment. Redd says he plans to cook out this year and enjoy time with his son at home.

Carl Bowers and his son, Timber, were also at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday. Timber had a T-ball game and Carl came to support him. Timber is the youngest of Carl’s six kids, and Bowers says he’s just thankful to be able to spend more time with his son.

“It’s good to get to focus more on family,” said Bowers. “I’m used to working all the time, so this is good.”

That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with gift-giving, or spending time with dad on a family trip. Ricker’s oldest daughter, Ashlee, was quick to remind her dad that his job for Father’s Day was opening the present they have for him.

Seeing families getting out to enjoy each other’s company on a beautiful summer day makes it plain to see that all families should try to come closer together, not just on Father’s Day. But, in case anyone needs a reminder to hold onto what’s important to them, Father’s Day is a great way to show how important family, and a properly maintained barbecue, can be.

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