The Supper of the Boating Party
Probably like most of you, dear readers, I have a few memories of nursery school and kindergarten days that have informed me, that offer clues as to who I really am and what, perhaps, I really seek. One of these early memories is of the art museum docent who regularly visited our nursery school, bringing with her a poster-sized print of a famous work of art.
Once, she brought Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, and I have never forgotten it. Oh, of course, I don’t remember anything she had to say, I just recall being drawn into the painting, loving the colors, the exuberance of the outing depicted. At the time, I loved—still do, actually—Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Town book, and I think this painting opened a similar door for my young mind—it was visually engaging, full of stories I could tell myself. So, dear docent wherever you are, thank you. I have loved art ever since, and my life has been richer for it.
As much as I am enriched by visual art, it is the art of friendship that really feeds my soul. And the Mister and I are blessed to have great friends, both near and far. Somewhere in the middle distance is my dear friend, D, who found a deal (Groupon, perhaps) and planned a Sunday evening outing for friends.
The Mister and I packed a few goodies and drove to Charlotte to meet our pals.
We toted our picnic to the end of the dock, where an electric boat awaited us. Longtime and dear friends, the Ws, guaranteed safe passage for the flowers.D’s husband, S, piloted us out of the marina and around the coves of Lake Norman. The day was overcast and cool, perfect for a fall cruise.D and B have our snack supper buffet ready to serve. Spinach rolls, parmesan chicken fingers, Palmetto Cheese and crackers, and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.It’s possible that adult beverages were proffered. The Mister and I had a great time, being on the water with old friends, great (and uninterrupted!) conversation, and delicious nibbles.
Cheers to the Supper of the Boating Party!
So, what’s the most fun deal you’ve ever purchased through Groupon, Living Social, or a similar daily deal site?