Father’s Day kite festival
Will Raymont feels privileged he gets to spend Father’s Day with his daughter, Amity Raymont, and his two grandchildren, Lea and Ashton.
“We always make the effort to do something together,” Mr Raymont said.
For him, Sunday’s Flying High kite festival out at Googong’s Rockley Oval was a lovely environment.
The festival had lined up with Father’s Day, families gathered out in the sun to a DJ and a food stalls despite low winds not enough to get the kites off the ground.
Mr Raymont’s granddaughter Lea said “maybe the wind was sick”.
His daughter Amity Raymont said they always tried to do something together on Father’s Day.
“As usual Googong always puts on a real lovely family event,” Amity said.
“That was the reason that we wanted to move there.”
Her partner Brendan was out building the family’s new home so they decided to bring him burgers from the festival.
“Every Father’s Day instead of buying gifts we always do something together. We pretty much spend a whole day together being outdoors,” Ms Raymont said.
“I think Father’s Day is just actually the day you spend with your dad. Buying presents can be a bit superficial and a bit of a nuisance.”
“I guess if i didn’t like my dad I wouldn’t do it,” she said, laughing.
“Yeah, true,” Mr Raymont said.
“I really feel privileged.”
Ms Ryamont said her father was a good friend.
“He’s always been the one to have fun with to go to these family events,” she said.
“We’ve never argued and we’ve always had an easy relationship.”
Ms Raymont said the children made their father breakfast for Father’s Day before he headed off to build their new home.
She said she told the kids to look after their dad on Sunday.
“Because he’s busy building our house the kids know we won’t have have this house without him,” she said.
To Ms Raymont, being a good father was about spending quality time.
“Quality over quantity. Your dad might be busy, he might have a full time job, he might not be able to eee you all the time; it’s that time that they spend together.”