Kitchen Chaos: Give dads a break
Promise blooms in June. June is the beginning of the warm days and sultry nights of summer. Although there is much to be done around the yard and house, the warm weather brings with it a more leisurely pace.
Breaks on the deck with a cold beer are common, knowing that it will all get done eventually. The pool is open and the vegetable garden has been planted — two big accomplishments.
Joe is so busy this time of year, with projects lined up and no end in sight. He’s working on tiling the upstairs bathroom, and the next project is converting the entire porch to be a four-season room. I am sure he feels a little overwhelmed. It is a good thing Father’s Day is right around the corner, so we can force him to take a much-needed break.
Men, being so much different than women, have different expectations of Father’s Day than women do of Mother’s Day.
Most women I know like a little pampering on Mother’s Day. Men, on the other hand, just want to be left alone. I don’t mean literally, necessarily; they just don’t need the fuss.
Joe likes to enjoy his Father’s Day at the softball field with no time limit placed on his arrival home. He likes to hang out at the field after his games and have a beer or two with his team, The Eight Balls. It is not too much to ask, once a year anyway.
This year he will probably just be watching rather than playing since he pulled a muscle in his groin and his entire right thigh is black and blue. He always seems to get injured right before a big event.
Right before my sister’s wedding, he fell off a trampoline and hurt his ankle. He wasn’t much fun that night and I had to dance with my sisters instead of my usual dance partner. When I was pregnant with Alec, he had a very bad car accident and was in the hospital for more than a month. Now, we have a trip to Disney planned, and he pulls his groin. I don’t know what it is about Joe, but his timing is the worst.
Despite his poor timing and reckless behavior, we will honor Joe on Father’s Day. His recklessness is part of what makes him such a good dad. When he plays with the kids, he becomes a kid. He abandons age limitations and just has fun.
Although Joe would be happy with burgers, hot dogs and potato salad, we will make him steak or ribs on the grill. A couple of side dishes would be good, but for men, it really is all about the meat, right?
Dads deserve a day to do whatever they want, even if it means putting the projects on hold. Let them play golf, hang at the softball field, or just lay around the house. Get the grill started, pour him a cold beer and cook him a meal fit for a king.
Ace High barbecue sauce
From the Original Cowboy Cookbook
1 cup strong black coffee