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Lunch in the Oaks
On a nice day mostly in May my daughter
and I would head to the New Orleans
French Quarter to make deliveries of
art to the numerous art galleries in the
French Quarter. Before leaving the
Quarter we would stop at the Central
Grocery Store. I would park outside
and then go in.

"Standing in line for a sandwich
As the line got shorter my mouth would water
Thinking of the future Muffaletta
The sandwich was cut into pieces of four
I’d pay for it then and head for the door
 My daughter outside waits for my return
I’d jump into the car and in haste the rubber
would burn.
We head off then with turn after turn
Off we drive down the Avenue Esplanade
Away from the place where the sandwich was made."

We ride for a while to City Park, which
is filled with large magnificent old live
oak trees. We begin our search for a
large sprawling oak, one with a long
sweeping branch that touches the
ground. We search for a favorite spot
with a place to sit looking for a bench
that we can use for both our table and
chair.
Once found we sit in the shade of
the oak with some light shining through
in spots highlighting the ground that was
filled with leaves, acorns, twigs and a
sprinkling of grass. After having left the
hustle and hurry of the French Quarter;
a feeling of calm overcomes us both.

"We’re in the park so lovely, so green
With birds that are singing, it seems so serene
The ducks quacking softly swim in the lagoon.
The only bad move would be leaving too soon
With frisky squirrels that scamper
about they dart and stop then dart again
Using the tree as their own playpen
 Running up and down and around and around
The trunk of the tree seems to abound
We remove the tabs from our sodas and take sips
Unwrapping the sandwiches and put to our lips
Then we each take a bite
It’s “Lunch in the Oaks”; and such a delight.
 When the years turn gray
We will have this day.
It will live on forever as a moment in time
What better to write of or to what make rhyme." 

Jim Hussey

I gave the original of the “Lunch in the Oaks”
painting to my daughter.
I know these moments in the park, as
she was growing up, meant as much to
her as it did to me.

 


"Lunch in the Oaks"
Having lunch under the old large live oak trees of City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.
From an original painting by James Hussey


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