Lord help it, if there is a better meal than grouper, black eyed peas, greens, and fruit salad, I don't think I even want to know about it. You could conquer the world on a diet like that. Or at least conquer a swamp, which is what happened in Florida. That was a Ma Baxter Easter meal for sure.
"Hey, ol' Ma," he said at the door. "I like you, Ma."
"You and them hounds and all the rest o' the stock," she said. "Mighty lovin' on a empty belly and me with a dish in my hand."
"That's the way you're purtiest," he said, and grinned.