Sunday, November 22, 2009
For about 20 years now, I've been parking in the same neighborhood on football Saturday. It's about 3 blocks from the Big House, and It's easy in and easy out! For the last 18 years, we have parked at the same lady's house. As you can tell from the housing layout, most back yards have been turned into parking areas. These areas are perfect for tailgating if you get there early enough.
About 4 weeks ago, my buddy Alex and I were enjoyng a pre-game Budweiser, when I noticed this young man feverishy grilling burgers and dogs for his hungry minions. He really had it down, and he was doing a fantastic job with the grilling. After a while, I kinda felt sorry for him, so I grabbed a brewski and walked toward him. He looked up and smiled, I extended my hand and shook it and said as I handed him the beer..."Young man, I've been watching you for about an hour now, and I just have to tell you that you are doing a Kick-Ass job! The exhaulted position of Grill-Meister is nothing to be scoffed at, and you are handling this task with skill, love, and a great sense of duty. They obviously trust you with their food, and I know they appreciate it."
He kind of gave me a bewildered look, and said.."Thanks, care for a hot-dog"?
I just laughed and assured him that we brought our own food, and that I wasn't pandering for a free meal, I just respected the zest that he had for his grilling duty and walked away.
This past Saturday we arrived a bit early to our spot, and the young man whose name is Rob, immediately made a bee-line for my car and declared..."I'm grilling bacon Burgers today, we have plenty, and I insist you guys join us". When I asked who paid for the food and started to reach in my pocket to contribute, he said something that only I say to the people that I feed..."Please don't insult me...EAT"!
Just then Rob's Dad came up to us and I told him what a fine young man he had here. Of course he agreed, and I asked him to pose for a Father and Son pic. The dad is a lawyer, and drove up from Ohio to be at the game with his son.
Looking at these pics today really warms my heart...This young man will go far in life!
Have a Thankfull Week everyone....