Last full day in Mississippi
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
We dashed from the truck into the narrow confines of Abe’s Grill to avoid getting soaked by the rain. We took our seats on the red vinyl stools. Abe’s wife immediately offered us coffee, while she attended to a customer on the far end of the counter.
I acknowledged the gentleman one stool over. He welcomed us with his drawl of good morning. Abe, the proprietor, hollered our way, “Hope y’all came hungry. You want eggs?” I answered yes. “What kind?” Scrambled, I hollered back. Les confirmed he wanted over medium. Abe’s son cracked our eggs on the grill with one hand, while expertly turning sausage patties with a spatula in his other hand.
Abe added bacon to Les’ plate and two biscuits to mine and cup of gravy each. I gave my gravy and one biscuit to Les. We devoured the warm, greasy goodness.
It was a mesmerizing experience, eavesdropping on the local conversations. Once things slowed down, Abe and his wife chatted with the locals about the rain and life.
One quotable was Abe’s remark about the rain:
“Remember what Travis Cornelius always said … if you wait ’til it stops rainin’ to work, you ain’t never gonna make a dollar.”
I tucked this wisdom in my heart, and definitely think Travis Cornelius is a great name for a character in one of those stories I plan to write one of these days.
And I chuckled at this exchange between a regular and Abe’s son.
As he served her a plate of ham, eggs and biscuits, he said,”This’ll be the best breakfast of your life.” She replied, “I had the same yesterday.” It’s all about perspective, now isn’t it?
After our second fill up on coffee, Abe struck up a conversation asking about our boat and travels, since I mentioned that the marina guy highly recommended Abe’s place. When we told him we were headed to St.Augustine, he immediately told us to eat at Cap’s place. The food is great and the view of the green coastline when you cross the bridge is breathtaking, so says Abe.
After our delightful breakfast, we ran back through the rain to go buy some provisions and do our laundry at the local laundromat.
It rained all day, which was just fine for us. I played around with paints in my art journal and Les caught up on work emails.
For dinner, I cooked up some stir fry with canned chicken, shredded broccoli mix and sliced celery flavored with ginger, honey, orange marmalade and soy sauce and some green chilies.
Our neighbors were heading out to anchor out on the river, as a pink sunset peeked out under the rain clouds.
And the neighbors next to them invited us over to tour the inside of their sailboat, and we ended up visiting and sharing stories of our boating adventures.
What kind of blessings did you experience today?
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