Family Fun: My Tailgate with Relapsing MS By Chad, Husband, Father, Software Engineer • February 1, 2018
I love being a LEMTRADA blogger. But I also love reading the other bloggers’ posts. Back in August 2017, Rachel wrote an inspiring blog post about how much she loves cooking for her family and gave us all some great tips for people with relapsing MS to use in the kitchen. Well, I love to cook too, so after reading her post, I took some of those kitchen skills to the grill—and of course, I got my family and friends involved as well!
A culinary master I’m not, but grilling is still one of my favorite pastimes. I don’t have a large pit smoker or garden full of scrumptious veggies. And I don’t raise or butcher my own meat. But none of that really matters ‘cause grilling and smoking food is still a wonderful way for me to escape outside, and just take a step back. My eldest son also finds grilling to be relaxing—an extra bonus for me!
I personally think grilling is a great addition to any Sunday. In our home, Sunday is a chance to worship, meet with friends, and just be together as family. As you probably know, most professional football games are held on the same day of the week, and I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of tailgating, where I can take grilling to the next level and make memories with my family and friends.
Sure it would be exhilarating to drive to a stadium (Of course, that stadium would need to be in either Foxboro, MA, or Seattle, WA.), cheer our favorite team, set up our portable grill, and inhale all the sights, sounds, and tastes of the parking lot! But I’m a big fan of making my own kind of “tailgate” experience.
I’ve learned that sometimes life doesn’t happen the way we planned or on our ideal timeline—especially when you’re living with RMS—but when opportunities arise to create memories, and celebrate our milestones, do whatever you can to make time for them.
Speaking of that, let me tell you about one backyard event we hosted. February 3rd is a very significant day in our home. That’s the day my wife Lara and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. Well, one year we made the day even more special when my sons and I created an anniversary “tailgate” in our backyard to celebrate. Yes, there was snow on the ground, and yes, it was cold. But we put our winter gear on, and we grilled some pretty fine tasting burgers—the warmth and love of our family was apparent, and the crowd went wild!
So I guess what I am saying is that it is up to all of us to make our own “tailgate” events wherever and whenever we can, to create experiences that remind us how important we, our families, and our friends really are! I also encourage you to look for ways to do things you’re passionate about, build relationships, combine the things that work for you, and make your own rules that help you to give yourself a break from all the madness swirling around you.
Please tell me about when you’ve done some “tailgating” and made memories that you’ll always treasure. You know, the kind of memories that can put a smile on your face even when life isn’t going the way you anticipated =)
If you have any tasty ideas for spice rubs or new things to grill or smoke, share ‘em below!
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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