Victoria dad looks forward to simple holiday
June 13, 2014 at 1:13 a.m.
Updated June 14, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.
Ray Windham's most memorable Father's Day was the day his daughter was born.
She wasn't born on the typical Sunday in June dedicated to dads everywhere, but he said she was the reason he could finally call himself a father.
"It was a great day," he said. "She also gave me my beautiful grandson."
Sunday is Father's Day.
Windham, 66, said he's looking forward to spending his special day with his 10-year-old grandson, Dante Catalanoto; his daughter, Kesha Wilkinson; and the entire family. Some family from Georgetown will be in Victoria, and he said it should be a good day.
"We'll probably grill up some chicken, sausage, steaks and share a good meal," he said.
Father's Day is the smallest of the American gift-giving holidays with a total spending expected to reach $12.5 billion, according to the National Retail Federation Father's Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Easter's projected spending was $15.9 billion.
"Whether they spend $10 or $100, millions of Americans will find creative, affordable ways to show dad how much they care," said Pam Goodfellow, Prosper Insights' consumer insights director, in a news release.
Windham's plans for the holiday are as simple as the days when he would bring his children to visit his dad, who died at the age of 87.
It was tradition to bring the children to see his dad, so they would have the same experiences he had.
"He would set them on his knee and tell them stories of the old days," Windham said. "I heard him tell all the same stories when I was younger."
His children have fond memories of their grandfather, he said. When he finally had a family of his own, Windham said he instilled the same morals and values his dad passed on to him when he was growing up.
He was very close to his dad and said he was a strong influence in his life.
"Most kids had different heroes, but my dad was my hero," he said. "He took very good care of my family."
Dante said his favorite thing about his grandfather is just being together. Windham said he loves to take Dante fishing.
"I like that he always spends time with me," Dante said. "I like going anywhere with him."
Andrew Lozano, 24, of Victoria, said he is looking forward to spending time in bed with his sons, 7 and 9 years old, watching cartoons.
"We'll wake up late and watch 'SpongeBob,'" he said.
He and his boys also enjoy spending time together fishing. As far as plans for his special day, he said, he doesn't have any.
"I don't know yet. I guess it's a surprise," Lozano said.