A Dancing Fish — 46 Comments

  1. I love that you just bust out in a happy dance so freely!! I can totally picture that scene in my mind, and it makes me smile so BIG! It’s a shame the other customers missed your sweet moves.

  2. As I read the part about you doing the happy dance at your table, I totally pictured Sebastian from the Little Mermaid singing Under the Sea πŸ˜›
    People are so oblivious to others around them! Maybe because I work in a restaurant, I can’t help but notice everything when I go out to eat. Sometimes I wish I could be less aware

  3. Some things must be eaten in a completely unrefined way – crab, ribs, corn-on-the-cob and pizza. If it isn’t dripping off of your chin, you didn’t really appreciate it.

    I could completely picture your husband trying to ignore you and then bursting out in laughter.

  4. This is heartbreaking for me. I see that others haven’t read it in this way, but it seems very sad. The husband the the wife aren’t connecting. There is a lot of tension under the surface. They don’t fit together. He wants her to be something she isn’t, and he makes her feel shame. He corrects her, criticizes. She tries to stay happy despite it all.

    I hope I haven’t touched a nerve. All I can say is that this is masterfully written.

    I am here from Yeah Write, so I know this is memoir.

    I hope I have misunderstood, but I know this meal. I know this dance. I’m glad something beautiful came of the meal after all.

  5. I love crab! It’s my guilty pleasure πŸ™‚ My sister can’t look at the crab tank as we walk by. I’m kinda disconnected. She once joined PETA and then when she realized she couldn’t wear her favorite shoes anymore she dropped that. And I love Mr Limpet.

  6. Such a sweet, funny portrait of a couple. It’s obvious you two are best friends who can say anything to each other and have a blast together.

    Glad you enjoyed your crab and your happy dance. If I had been at the next table, I would have applauded you, you “primitive goddess of gustatory triumph” (loved that line and that you mentioned spelunking).

    • There was just too great a parallel between eating crab and spelunking to let it go by without mentioning it! πŸ™‚
      And I feel pretty lucky that Mike and I can live in mutual weirdness together, because that is closer to happily-ever-after than anything I’ve yet experienced. Everyone should have someone they can be silly with.

  7. I would be right there w/ you, eating the crab, and doing the dance. . . although my wife would be there right there w/ me too. . . well, eating the crab part. . . Fun story. I liked there was a little tension, but that it ended in laughter. . .

  8. I loved this sentence: ” With no shame I peeled that bad boy apart with my bare buttery hands, like a primitive goddess of gustatory triumph.” That was hilarious and awesome, as was your stubborn enjoyment of your meal!

  9. I have no problem whatsoever, digging into a meal that’s going to leave it’s marks all down the front of my bib as a sign of the battle that I had to wage with it to get it eaten.

    I’m so happy that I got the Mr. Limpet reference, and you should also know, that there isn’t anybody who can bust out the dance moves in the cab of a tractor, quite they way that I can!

    Very nice post! πŸ™‚

  10. i can’t believe your husband just ordered a salad and then mocked your food choice. i think he was jealous. πŸ˜‰
    such a fun, engaging story, love your abandon, dancing with a crab bib. fabulous.

  11. haha I LOVE this one. and I just love CRAB…makes me wanna go order some, such a tastey delight. Jason doesn’t get it either.

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