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Birthdays and Barbecue! (Family Traditions Series- March) April 2, 2014

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Lovin' the parents today!

Lovin’ the parents today!

Hello all!  This post is a twofer:  It will serve as my B post for the A-Z Challenge and will be the continuation of my monthly Family Traditions series.  March is already over and technically I missed it, but I can still talk about the one big family tradition that falls in that month:  my father’s birthday.

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Dads and their birthdays.  How many fathers dread their birthdays because it means another ugly tie, another useless coffee mug, another bucket of car washing goodies?  My dad’s birthday rolls around in late March, and our family always gets together and has dinner on these occasions.  Sometimes Dad gets to choose the menu, and in the past he has wanted super-healthy (NOT!) country favorites like goulash with fried potatoes and corn bread, or chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes.  But sometimes the birthday boy gets elected to actually do the cooking! See, Dad is quite the accomplished Barbecue Grill Chef.  He doesn’t actually barbecue, as such.  What I mean by that is that he doesn’t use sauce on his grilled foods.  He uses things like Liquid Smoke and lemon-pepper seasoning.

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Anyway.  Dad’s grilled burgers have been known to inspire all kinds of promises.  My children will promise anything when they’re craving G-pa’s burgers.  (Ah, the intoxicating power! Mwahahahaha!)  So we call him and ask if he has enough propane to grill some grub, and he’ll say yes, but we have to bring all the goodies, so we go to the store and buy ALL the buns, lettuce, tomatoes, chips, etc.  By the time we get out to their house, he’s already got the grill fired up and running, and the rather torturous waiting begins.  The Boy and his uncles sit outside and watch the grill with Dad; G-ma and us girls are in the kitchen, slicing tomatoes and onions, tearing up lettuce, getting out the Miracle Whip (yuck!) and the mayo (much better), pickles, cheese, etc., catching up, singing, laughing, and yelling for dogs to get out from under foot and Amazon parrots to stop shrieking.

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After what seems like an eternity, he finally brings in the food and we all sit down to eat.  We hold hands around the table and Dad says a prayer, and then the gobbling and snarfing begin.  Not even kidding here- my kids can put away three burgers each.  But it is always enjoyable, and invariably there are one or two burger patties that have to be popped in the microwave for a few seconds, and poor Dad is always greatly chagrined at his inconsistency.  He always wants to know how the burgers are, and we always tell him they’re awesome, because they always are.  After the burgers are obliterated, we finish off the meal with Dad’s favorite birthday dessert.  He’s not much for cake, but he does love a good Jell-0 Instant Cherry Cheesecake.  Some of us don’t care for the cherries, so my dear sainted mother usually makes two boxes of cheesecake, served in a long cake pan, half with cherries and half without.  She’s just accommodating like that.

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Dad has gotten some goofy gifts over the years, but he never complains.  This year his gift was that the family came over and helped do some outdoor yard work and deck construction.  We spent time together in the sun and air, and helped accomplish some things that he’s just not quite up to doing by himself anymore.  It was a really good day.  A belated Happy Birthday to my Dad! Thanks for everything.  <3

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Until next time,

D.

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6 Responses to “Birthdays and Barbecue! (Family Traditions Series- March)”

  1. lauraclipson Says:

    It sounds like you have a wonderful time; I’m so hungry now! The food sounds delicious.
    I’m an A to Z helper this year, so I’ll be checking back to make sure everything’s OK :)

    • Hi! Yes, we always have a good time together- sometimes we laugh until we just about pass out! Good luck with the A to Z challenge. I’m looking forward to the rest of it. Thanks for reading!

  2. What a lovely story! It really DOES seem to take forever when you’re waiting on the grill doesn’t it. I personally think the smell is designed just for that purpose. Sounds like you and your family had a great day! Thanks for sharing

    • Hi! I agree. That smell is distinctive, as are the feelings and sensations it evokes. Coming home from work, getting out of the car, and immediately knowing that someone in the neighborhood is grilling- it makes you want to be at the lake or the park, or anywhere you can put fire under some meat! :) Thanks so much for reading!

  3. Damyanti Says:

    Love how you’ve combined the two challenges in one post. Both your Mom and Dad sound awesome. I know I wouldn’t make two kinds of cheesecake.

    • Hi! Thanks, I just got lucky with this particular one. I had been planning to do a post in March for my Family Traditions series and it just got away from me, and this one just came to me when I sat down at the computer. My parents are definitely awesome. I’m very lucky. And yes, my mom especially is very special. She is always doing things like that. Thanks so much for reading!


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