Roll out the BBQ! Listen to the sizzle and chatter. It’s like music. It can be heard for miles; a symphony of 25 voices. It includes, of course, the kids playing, laughing and running around the yard, while a couple of adults cook and the other adults look on, admire and cheer on their culinary skills. All done in the great outdoors.
Family Get Togethers – A Religion
Getting together as a family is like a religion. Waiting for that once-a-year occasion is not enough for us. Someone just has to say, ‘time we got together’ and before you know it, there’s a BBQ organised. Any excuse: birthdays, send offs or I’m in town for the school holidays. The food tastes amazing on a BBQ. This time, the BBQ sizzles with homegrown fried eggs, grilled tomatoes and eggplant. Along with, grilled bacon and mushrooms. The way it works for us is that everyone brings something; very cost effective.
Time for A Family Social Catch Up
The big people and the cousins especially love catching up. We may not have seen or heard from each other for a week, a fortnight or a month, but it always feels like only yesterday when we just got together.
Being There For The Kids
With the kids growing up so quickly, having that wonderful rapport with the kids is paramount as they navigate their way in the world. It’s vital that aunties and uncles grow up with the kids. Developing relationships can work wonders for our young munchins, especially if they have ‘a weight on their tiny shoulders’, which needs lifting. We, the oldies, have been there, done that, bought the tee-shirt and made our mistakes along the way. Sure, kids need to learn from their mistakes, but guidance goes a long way towards really detrimental faux pas.
Importance of Social Gatherings
Our young people today, sometimes just need a good social family get-together to realise that talking and playing in the same space does them the world of good. For that matter, it does us wiser ones the world of good also. Just to enjoy each other’s company and let the world slide by is like breathing. The good old-fashioned timeless BBQ could be thought of as the most social piece of equipment in a backyard. Long live the social BBQ! May your reign continue.
Almost Forgot the Second Course – The Family Dessert
With any food, we partake, dessert is always on the menu. Hence, my mother was in her culinary element. This time it involved a family favourite, the boiled chocolate cake, with the ritual of melting chocolate and cream over a double saucepan. Plus she made custard cream puffs with melted chocolate. I did help. I did the admiring of her artistic work. Of course I also sampled. Enjoy! We did!