Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day 186: Manned The Grill

Happy 4th of July to each and every US citizen both here and abroad.  Also, I want to thank the men and women of the Armed Forces for protecting us as we celebrate this holiday.  I hope at some point today, each of you get the chance to enjoy a nice grilled hot dog or hamburger.

Earlier today, my wife and I visited a friend's house to take my daughter swimming for the first time ever.  20 years from now, while my daughter stands on the podium at the Olympics accepting her gold medal in swimming, to think back about how she first learned to swim on the 4th of July.  Luckily we were able to be in the water because it was unbearably hot outside.  We are still in the midst of the heat wave that has battered the Midwest for the past week.  Including humidity, today should register over 110 degrees here in Chicago.  It has made the 4th of July tradition of grilling a little more difficult since no one wants to stand in front of a hot grill and flip burgers for the majority of the day.  To help alleviate the pain from everyone, today, for my random act of kindness, I am going to man the grill at my friend's 4th of July cookout.  We have been coming to this cookout for over 12 years now, and it is always something I look forward to every year.  Thank you again to Ginny and Kevin for putting it on!


  1. I write a blog on Blogger -

    It has about 40 people look at it everyday mainly friends and family (I am in Australia). I write it to keep me sane while I am caring for my terminally ill husband.

    Every now and then I link to blogs etc that I find inspiring and I would like include a link to your blog in my post on saturday if possible as I love reading what you are doing. If more of us (me included) took the time to help like you are doing the world would be a better place.

    I just wanted to compliment you on a really beautiful blog. What a lovely idea which makes me question myself: "What random act of kindness have I done today?" Very thought provoking indeed.
    Keep up your beautiful work.
    Sending lotsaluv

  3. Hope you had a great time, that was a true sacrifice to stand by that heat and cook!