I love to cook. Ever since I was a child, I was enamored by the kitchen and all of my mother’s incredible culinary creations. Now that I have a family of my own, I’ve continued to create special memories in the kitchen.
When I moved into my house in 2007, my wife and I planned to have a beautiful kitchen that would be the heart of our home. We gutted the existing kitchen and remodeled it with updated cabinets, granite countertops, tile floors, and modern appliances. After the project was completed, my wife and I marveled at the new kitchen. It was everything that we imagined it would be.
Unfortunately, our dream kitchen was flawed. In our enthusiasm to get the project done as quickly as possible, we neglected to fully research our appliances. We bought them at a local appliance store and simply accepted the brand that the salesperson pushed on us. It didn’t take long for us to regret that decision. After a couple of years, the knobs on our cooktop broke one by one until we were left with a single knob. Not that it really mattered because only two of the four burners worked. We tried to get the manufacturer to replace the unit, but they refused.
I was disappointed in myself for not finding out more about the appliances before I purchased them. I was even more disappointed that I was unable to be as productive in the kitchen as I would have liked due to the defective cooktop.
Fortunately, my family decided to give me an early Father’s Day gift by upgrading my cooking appliances with new ones from Sears.
To prevent our previous mistake, my wife did extensive research on every cooktop Sears had online. She narrowed the choices down to Kenmore cooktops because of their reputation for quality and durability. After she made a selection, she invited to join her to make the final purchase in-store.
We were greeted by a friendly and helpful salesperson named Ahmed. My wife told him about the cooktop we wanted, the Kenmore Elite 30″ Downdraft Gas Cooktop, and he led us to the large appliance department.
“It looks like we don’t carry the one you want in-store,” he said.
“That’s okay,” I said. “We can order it online.”
“You could do that and take away my commission,” he said with a sly grin. “Or you could let me order it for you and have it delivered.”
“We don’t want to take any money out of your pocket,” I replied. “Let’s make it happen.”
Ahmed ordered our cooktop and arranged for delivery and installation.
“Here is my phone number,” he said handing me a business card. “If you experience any problems, call me and I will resolve it immediately.”
After we completed the transaction, I was ready to leave the store, but my family had another surprise for me.
“Let’s go upstairs to the small appliance section,” my wife said. “I’ve picked out a couple of more things I think you’ll like.”
She led me to a Ninja Professional Blender. I’ve wanted one of these for so long because I like to make smoothies to drink after my workouts. My current blender broke about three months ago and I’ve been without smoothies since then. I nearly hugged the box, but I decided to hug my wife instead.
“I have one more surprise for you,” she said.
“You’ve already done enough,” I said.
“You’ll really like this one,” she said.
We walked to the other side of the aisle where she pointed out a brand new George Foreman Grill. I like to eat grilled chicken breasts or paninis for lunch and this grill will make my life so much easier.
“This is the best Father’s Day ever,” I said.
A few days later, the installers came to install my cooktop. They were very professional and completed the job in less than 15 minutes. While they worked, I struck up a conversation with one of the installers and we shared stories about cooking and our memories of our grandmother’s meals.
Later that night, I cooked my first meal on my new appliances – grilled pork chops, garlic rice, and steamed vegetables. It was wonderful to be able to use every burner on a cooktop. I was in heaven. I even decided to give my daughter a cooking lesson. I showed her how to measure the rice and let her cook the pork chops on the George Foreman Grill. At that point, my life came full circle. Here I was teaching my daughter how to cook just as my mother had taught me how to cook.
As we sat a the table to eat dinner, I thanked my family for the new appliances. But more than that, I was thankful for the gift of fatherhood.