Despite Everything, I Love McDonald’s

The History

As a child there were few dining experiences more exciting than eating at McDonald’s.  Happy Meals with toys!  Ronald McDonald and all the zany characters of McDonaldland – watch out for the Hamburglar!  Growing up in a small town added to the excitement because we only got McDonald’s a few times a year when we had to drive to the city.  I loved everything about McDonald’s, especially the Big Mac.

Photo credit: Shermeee / / CC BY

Photo credit: Shermeee / / CC BY

The Saga Continues

My love of McDonald’s hasn’t faltered since childhood.  I say I choose McDonald’s because it’s fast, cheap, and consistent; really, I eat there because I’m addicted to the food, especially the Big Mac.  I’ve eaten hundreds of Big Macs and the novelty has never worn off.  In fact, I had a Big Mac the day after I watched Super Size Me. Yes, the bulk of the menu is unhealthy, but I don’t eat there every day.

When I became a dad my love of McDonald’s took a completely different direction.



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  1. I’ve seen how much the Ronald McDonald Houses help families during the toughest times. Truly a great organization. I still love McDs food, too. I once ate four Big Macs in one sitting. It was when I was in high school. I’m proud of the accomplishment!

  2. We have a Ronald McDonald house near the hospital on base here. I’ve heard they are really excellent resources. Thankfully, we have never had to use them, but they are highly recommended, especially if there is a financial burden. You said there are volunteers that cook for the families? I knew that people volunteered to clean and some do bring food at the one here.

    • Many times the volunteer group is a service group or club and brings all the food. On one of our stays, one of Edmonton’s fire departments showed up to cook. There were many happy moms. 😉

  3. Nick Downey says:

    Having heard some of the amazing things Ronald McDonald House does for kids and families, we made a point of taking my daughter’s Girl Scout troup on a tour so they could learn what the charity is all about and find ways to help. Just from walking through and hearing how much they do I was touched. I can only imagine the burden families with sick children carry, but I do believe what this charity offers can only help those families get through it all.

    • A quick glance at the charity and it seems to be a cheap hotel, but it really is so much more. I’m happy to hear your daughter’s troup was able to tour a house. Many people have heard of RMH but few have actually been in one.

  4. Just catching up with DRT. I am 100% with you on the Ronald McDonald House. Our son, when he was two, was in the hospital here in Auckland for a couple weeks with a bone infection. A bone infection?? I know. It’s apparently common in kids. But we were still terrified.

    Enter the Ronald McDonald House, which occupied a good chunk of the third floor of the children’s hospital. Amazing. Free beverages, they cooked fantastic meals — crock pot roasts, over roasted vegetables, etc. And expected nothing in return. I met families who were in it for the long haul (the dreaded 6th floor was the cancer ward) and RMH welcomed them every day for everything they needed.

    The boy and I get cheeseburgers at least once a week now.

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