The Power of Tailgating

18 Oct

It worked better than anti-aging cream, better than a weekend at the spa, better than chocolate … well … let’s not get that crazy.

But it was good.

It did rejuvenate me. It did charge my batteries. It did bring Guat back into The Guat. It was powerful. It was tailgating and it was desperately needed.

As a parent sometimes you need an escape from your NickelodeonLego-building-filled life. You need to play and hang out with people your own age. You love your kids, you really do. You’d take a bullet for them, but sometimes you need a time-out and that’s when the power of the tailgate comes into effect. Granted I still took my kids with me because there was no babysitter available, again, but the fact that I still got a chance to hang out with friends and let loose was enough medicine to cure me of the I’ve-been-cooped-up-and-haven’t-seen-anyone-in-weeks-I’m-going-crazy blues.

How was I able to do that?

Nap time. Even my older kid who never sleeps during the day, took a nap.

The fact that we started our festivities at the beginning of nap time was awesome. I was happy that my kids were so exhausted that they slept through the hustle and bustle of setting up for the tailgate and the tunes our DJ was spinning from the Pandora sound experience.

I was kid-free for about two hours during the day. Something that rarely happens when the sun is out. I ate in peace. I had a conversation. I sat. I danced. I laughed. And then I ate some more. When my kids woke up there was no more sitting for me, but there was still plenty of laughter and dancing. All The Guats had a good time until the actual game began and we realized that our team got trounced.

But regardless of the loss, the tailgate festivities made up for the state of play.

For those of you who haven’t experienced this awesome American tradition, I strongly encourage you to put it on your Bucket List.  The power of tailgating … it’s a party filled with Food Network cuisine on the grill, music that makes you dance, friends that recharge you life battery, conversations that crack you up, laughter that fills your soul, and sports. It’s the type of situation that makes you forget that you have a few gray hairs.

Yeah … tailgating … it’s that powerful.

 

The place where it all happens.

The place where it all happened.

 

As soon as we got there, we ran into people with spirit.

As soon as we got there, we ran into people with spirit.

 

We also ran into people with a little too much spirit.

We also ran into people with a little too much spirit.

 

Before the big meal we snacked on a classic tailgate staple.

Before the big meal we snacked on a classic tailgate staple.

 

Then someone brought a classic thirst quencher we often sipped during our college days.

Then someone brought a classic thirst quencher we often sipped during our college days.

 

The people who help me forget that I have gray hair.

Then the party continued and I was able to hang out with the people who help me forget that I have gray hair.

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “The Power of Tailgating”

  1. Marcia Clarke October 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    Sounds like you had a great time, I will have to try it sometime. I haven’t a clue about football…soccer yes, football no. LOL

    • The Guat October 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

      You can tailgate anywhere for anything. I remember going to a Jimmy Buffet concert and there were all kinds of people tailgating. Totally do it at a soccer game too. 🙂

  2. lameadventures October 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM #

    When I started reading this Guat, I thought it had finally happened: you reached your breaking point, you completely lost your mind and you took the kids with you while you were a crazed lead foot on the road. I much prefer that you were referring to SOCIAL tailgating. Sorry that the Bears got trounced. They seem to be having a pretty tough season.

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM #

      Ha! I never thought of that misinterpretation before, I’m such a football geek. But don’t get me wrong I’ve reached my crazy breaking point at least once a month where I then proceed to have a breakdown involving plenty of Ben & Jerry’s. I’d bust out a Thelma&Louise adventure but then there would be nobody to take care of my kids. 🙂

  3. Thestrugglershandbook October 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM #

    You guys are getting trounced every week. Good thing they tailgate before games!

    • The Guat October 29, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

      My team is definitely taking a hit…both of them. It’s a rebuilding year we need Brad Pitt and a MoneyBall philosophy to produce some awesome change.

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