December 02, 2008
Loaves, Fishes, and Holy Water
Shafer’s Louisiana cuisine restaurant in Slidell is great place. For the second time, they allowed us to bring our construction crew in for dinner. There were fishes on the wall, loaves on the tables, and an interesting pictorial advertisement for Jerusalem Spring Water – which I affectionately dubbed Holy Water.
We prayed: “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of GOD.” Ecclesiastes 3:13
There were excited adventurous eaters and some dubious not-so-adventurous eaters, but with sharing and sampling, it all worked out.
Appetizers: Turtle Soup, Gumbo, Crawfish Bread, Alligator Sausage
Dinners: Jambalaya, Stuffed Crab, Fried Shrimp, Cajun Shrimp, Cajun Crawfish, Breaded Catfish, Cajun Catfish, Sweet Potato Fries, Oysters, and way too many Hush Puppies. In fact, there was so much food leftover that we took 3 filled containers back for a late night treat for the other teams.
We discovered we had a “gansta” among us, and took photos to prove it.
The three sisters and I were re-named Huey, Dewey, Louie and Jodi.
We discussed the unusually high level of symphonic snoring in the ladies’ bunks.
The lone man on our crew announced, “I’m the oddball here!” (No one had the heart to tell him he’s always been the oddball, no matter where we were.)
We re-lived the trauma of finding a 3” snail, and the 26 squirt cockroach.
We kept getting back to our list of projects, adding ideas, and hoping we would get to meet our home owner.
And even though there was talk of a Sonic stop, we were just too stuffed for dessert.
The afternoon’s anger over the inadequate levees was forgotten.
The evening’s warm breeze and the warm laughter carried it away, leaving only high spirits, healing and hope.
Posted by jaselin at December 2, 2008 08:06 PM