There are days that come into our lives so rich, so very full that they pour out of us filling the days ahead with generous memories soft, sweet and more than anything lead us gently into the tomorrows.
Today was one of those days.
Yesterday we ventured out on May River with Lynn's good friend Julia. Julia has been going out on the river crabbing ever since she was a kid.
While riding along the river Julia shared stories of the islands we passed by, how the sand bar comes and goes with high and low tides, and all about crabbing.
How to catch crabs, clean crabs, prepare crabs and eat crabs. I only knew the eatin' part.
Julia on her boat which is called: Da Crabby Lady.
We stopped for lunch on one of the islands. Houses dotted the river banks: tin roofs, long porches with rocking chairs and streets lined with gas lanterns...
We had Fried Green Tomatoes.
I want to know how to pack an old oak tree with Spanish Moss into my suitcase.
Lynn has shared her secret on how to collect Spanish Moss. First you must pick it off the tree, and not off the ground because there are bugs galore in it. Even while picking it off the trees you might have a bug a boo bite or two. Next she puts it in the micro wave and zaps it, to kill the bugs.
South Carolina's homes DO have porches, with cozy meetin' spots! Julia asked me if I knew why they painted the porch ceilings blue... I thought it was to look like the morning sky. But I was wrong! The ceilings are painted blue to scare off the haints.
"Haints?" I quizzed... I only speak English sometimes, and then only a limited version.
The food. Can I possible go back to red wine, cheese and a baguette after fried shaved potato with creamy Parmesan sauce?
After river cruising, learning about crab catchin', packing up the store for tomorrow's grand adventure, gazing at the islands, having lunch on the porch, seeing dolphins dance along our boat, meeting Mr. Bill, we went to a party given in my honor (how generous is that!) at Babbie's. The party was as close as I am ever going to be to Scarlett in Gone with the Wind!
Thank you Babbie, Rita, Julia and Lynn.