I haven't met many people who don't enjoy going to a BBQ. Oddly enough, even though it is called a BBQ, it is code for something else. Yes the food matters, more to some than to others, but a BBQ is an event.
When someone invites you to a backyard BBQ what images come to your mind?
For me I think about sitting by the pool, games in the grass, warm weather and cold Dr. Pepper. Kids running around squealing and some of the better conversations I have had in my life. Oh yeah and a great burger or steak or ribs or chicken or bratwursts or....well you get the idea.
There is something unusual about a BBQ. It is a meal, it is a social event, it is a gathering, it is it's own thing.
I read about a Rodney Scott in South Carolina, famous for the BBQs he puts on. Listen to what he said:
Everybody around these parts knows that anyone and everyone is invited to this party. Barbecue is a place, a space for people to commune. It is a gathering, it’s just a laid-back type of thing.
I never gave it much thought, but this is BBQ as a healthy culture. Rodney sees the world through grill covered glasses! He said every BBQ is "a reunion, a party for everybody to come and join in and enjoy each other’s company. It has food, music, family. Who doesn't need that?"
This is open-source barbecue, barbecue as social leveler. (That sounds deep, I didn't come up with it, I stole it from the author of the article, Rien Fertel)
Why all this about BBQs? Because you need to attend one! There are at least three reasons why this is the perfect time for a back yard BBQ:
It can help put some life back in your life
You have missed so many things. You found many of things you missed you took for granted and now you see why they are important. That is a long way of saying you don't know what you got till its gone. We have lost something by not gathering together for simple things like BBQs. You need it back!