Sometimes, no matter how well something has served you, the time comes when you have to replace it. Our beloved charcoal grill has been increasingly difficult to use due to its age (I can’t remember exactly, but well over ten years and possibly as many as fifteen). The grill, which was a much-appreciated gift back in the day, was the centerpiece of countless chai parties, and warmed hundreds of students on cold winter nights. No doubt thousands of marshmallows were roasted over its coals, not to mention burgers, sausages, and pork ribs. It’s so old that I’m sure my younger kids have no memory of any other grill.
But when we used it for my birthday dinner, and coals kept dropping through the corroded grate, it occurred to me that, you know, grills are still sold in this town. It would be possible to replace it. And since our anniversary is coming up this month, why not call it an early anniversary present to ourselves, so we could inaugurate it on the Fourth of July?
After doing a bunch of research, I found a replacement that worked with our budget, and after a rather ridiculous amount of red tape, we were finally able to pick it up this afternoon and bring it home. It is not quite as splendiferous as our old one was when new, but it’s a whole lot more functional than the old one is now, and I feel quite sure it will last us at least a few years. And yes, in case you were wondering, we are charcoal purists.
Bonus Parting Shots: