After 30 years of shacking up, Jeff and Gail got married.
In Hanalei Bay, on Kaua’i, Hawaii, in the lee of Bali Ha’i they spent six weeks snorkeling and snuggling. It was indeed their own special island.
Each morning before the sun’s rays reached the blue sea floor they trundled down to the market to buy a tranche of ahi or kampachi caught that very morning. After a morning in the water they prepared a lunch of sashimi (dipped in soy sauce and freshly grated wasabi) with slices of avocado, papaya, star fruit, or mango (the Haden variety, with pulp that is not stringy).
Richly dark greens like collard or rainbow chard filled the markets. Oddly enough, however, because the climate is so temperate, tomatoes do not ripen to full flavor there.
On Kaua’i they make a pungent and tangy feta-style goat cheese that pairs well with fresh cilantro and crunchy crackers.
But what was the potion impelling them to bind the ties of wedlock? What was their passion fruit?
It was the rum smoothie.
Gail’s Honeymoon Smoothie
young ginger, grated
splash of orange soda
dollop of lychee-flavored yogurt
coconut water (crack the nut with a hammer)
Drink before dinner. Watch the stars come out.
Having lived happily ever after, having spent a honeymoon in paradise, and having gotten married, in that order, pretty soon now, yes, any minute Jeffrey is going to propose to Gail (or will it be vice versa?). Accordingly, the next logical step in their backward romance will be that unforgettable first blush of mutual infatuation. Who could not be envious?