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Fresh crab cakes, wonderful wine, amazing colleagues and friends, a celebration of life, pure joy. Maybe it is my Southern California roots – parties don’t require engraved invitations, fancy clothes and fine china.  The spontaneity and joy of being fully present to the moment is what makes a party festive. 

This party was a gracious gift from our host at the end of a week of study in Maryland.  I’ve been forever ruined for any other crab cake.  It took the week to catch the crab.  It took a good 2 hours to pick the crab (please note that the other 3 people not in the picture were engaged in deep theological reflection – in the pool). 

picking crab

Another hour to make the crab cakes.  And the entire evening around the table to enjoy breaking bread together.  The music was the tenor of our laughter – loud, boisterous, hearty with an occasional counterpoint of tears as we cared for one who was grieving the impending loss of his call to a particular church.  

The dress – shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops and sun-kissed skin.  What a glorious evening. What a gift.   

If I had been wearing socks they would have been knocked off.

catching crab

Day 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)