The corona virus has taken its toll on a lot of things but apparently it will have little impact on the way area residents deal with Father’s Day.

“Our grandson is cooking steaks for all of us,” said Patty Gray in talking about her plans. “I am supplying all of the extras like homemade ice cream and cake and potato salad and side dishes. Oh, my daughter is having a breakfast for her dad in Montgomery and I’m even invited.”

While some traditions have changed during the pandemic, the celebration of Father’s Day appears to be oddly unaffected.

“We’ll be cooking outside with the family,” said Pedro Montoya, flanked by his two kids. “We’ll be cooking outside with the family. That’s what we do during special days.”

“We’ll have a family gathering just like we do all the time,” added Harry Knepp of Montgomery.

COVID may have shut down some businesses and closed some offices and forced people to work from home. But the idea of burning some meat in the backyard to pay tribute to Dad seems to be timeless.

“I am going to be grilling some hamburgers and hot dogs,” said Russell Pierce of Washington. “I have five kids. I don’t know if all of them will be able to make it. Some of them may be busy with their own families and kids. I can tell you we are making no changes because of the COVID.”

“We’re going to have all of the kids that are available come over to the house and swim and cook out,” said Alan Bubalo. “This is pretty much what we do. We just celebrate family. COVID has no impact on our family. We swim. We gather. We hug. We’re not as concerned about that as much as some people are. If someone does show up and wants to keep social distance or wear a mask, well, that’s fine too.”

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