DANVILLE — Father’s Day is an important day for many dads. Some consider it a day off from their normal around-the-house work while other men take it as an opportunity to get the grill out for a barbecue.
Even more see it as the day they stock up on their supply of ties and underwear.
This year was special for 29-year-old Patrick Dumas. This year the Danville father enjoyed an early gift — his first child.
At 12:41 a.m. on June 5 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Oliver Patrick came into the world, much to the delight of this first-time father.
“I was so excited,” he said. “I cried for the first time in years because of it. I was balling my eyes out when that little face came out.”
A few days before the newest addition to the Dumas family, Danville dad Jay Winland experienced one of the biggest additions to his life with the birth of his new daughter, Elle Rosemary. He called the moment she was born “instant love.”
Both men are seeing today in a whole new way as the first-time dads celebrate their first Father’s Day with their little ones.
The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
For Winland, the birth of his daughter changes how he thinks of today compared to previous years.
“It makes it so much different,” he said. “It puts everything in perspective and makes you realize what’s important in life.”
Dumas said the thought being the focus of Father’s Day is something different in his mind.
“I don’t’ know what to think of it,” he said. “It’s amazing. It’s another day of the year where I can hold (Oliver Patrick) and kiss and love him.”