My famil loves Chick-fil-A. I like it because the kids don’t complain about it and it takes me back to when I got to eat there on special occasions when I was a kid. There used to only be one in Louisville but now there’s a dozen or so.

Anyway, one of my friends sent me an email today and asked if we were taking the family to “Cow Appreciation Day.” For the uninitiated, it’s a glorious day once a year where Chick-fil-A gives away free food to anyone that comes into the restaurant dressed like a cow. I replied to my friend’s email and said, “I don’t want free chicken badly enough to dress a like a cow.”

Then I got home from work and found that my wife had painted t-shirts and made little signs for myself, my two boys and my two nephews to wear tonight. I wasn’t into wearing the shirt/sign at first but I decided to have fun with it so that the kids would go along with it. They were reluctant at first but warmed up to the idea.

As we walked into the restaurant, my 9-year-old, Camden, looked at me and said, “Dad, I’m embarrassed.” It was kind of a funny moment. I wish I could have gotten it on camera.

I knew the place would be packed but had no idea what to expect. The line was out the door. There were people in all kinds of costumes. Some costumes were elaborate (like the guy wearing a cow costume) and others were pretty lame (people writing on a piece of paper and attaching it to their shirts).

The kids loved that they could each get an adult entree. Afterwards, we all got ice cream.

I enjoyed the experience and appreciated that Chick-fil-A constantly looks for ways to give its customers more reasons to love them.

Besides, who doesn’t love free chicken and ice cream?


Of course, we had to get a “groupie” as we stood in line to prove that we all looked like goofballs.


What would the experience have been without a group picture with the Chick-fil-A cow?

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