Last Saturday dawned bright and not so freezing. My husband Mike and I teamed up with long-time friends John and Renita for a morning tailgate party prior to the Rutgers University v Army football game at noon in New Jersey. We love a good tailgate, but we didn’t do it all that often…until our youngest left for college in September. Our baby, Tory, attends Rutgers University, and we started to attend the Scarlett Knight home games (a) because we like to watch football, (b) we love to tailgate and (c) we know if we tailgate our daughter will show up to eat. And talk. My that child can talk. And we love to listen.
Since kickoff was at noon, I gathered breakfast foods, Tory’s fave meal. Into the cooler went the eggs, sausage patties, cheese, English muffins, red potatoes, water for hot chocolate, orange juice, and more. Mike was in charge of loading the table, chairs, grill and mini burner into the back of our Honda CVR.
John and Renita brought their own chairs and a bottle of bubbly we mixed with the orange juice. We love friends like them!
I texted Tory that breakfast was almost ready. And almost like magic, our daughter appeared.
So my advice to parents who miss their college-aged kid? Tailgate at her college and she will appear, hungry and ready to visit. And sometimes she’ll bring her friends. The more, the merrier.