A totally awesome swan ice carving dominated the buffet table.
Savory smells wafted over the terrace, luring me to the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts--traditional but tasty. When I was growing up in Bonaventure, Georgia, at least a dozen Baptist ladies made these appetizers for every church picnic, and each one was different, just like the ladies—saltly, sweet, tart.
I saved room for key lime mini pies.
Had I missed anything? I circled the table twice, and once again I came face to face with the possum head.
I ate it. Then I reached for a butterscotch pudding chaser.
I’ll be in carb hell in the morning, but I’ll worry about that later.
When I couldn’t eat another bite, I grabbed Coop’s hand and pulled him toward the door. Our tour de hors d'oeuvres ended with a walk in Battery Park. The night was clear and warm, not too muggy. A band played a Miles Davis song, something about falling in love, and what began with an appetizer ended with a kiss.
And, another song will start playing.
Lady Antebellum "Need You Now" (Youtube)
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