I must begin by saying that we do NOT run a hunting lodge, bed-and-breakfast, boarding house, retreat center, target practice range, catering service, or wedding reception venue. It just feels that way.
If we really were doing all those things I would not have to limp into work everyday and deal with sleepy teenagers who are completely unproductive until the end of quarter when they will literally interrupt a life-and-death conversation to ask for extra credit points. So I resist the urge to beat the student over the head with my cane until I can drive my weary self home, where the hills are alive with the sound of…black powder rifles.
We’re full swing into hunting season here at Maywood. That means the Lodge is open and busy. We don’t take reservations. This is strictly a pop-in-if-the-lights-are-on place. (Leaving me this option: The lights are OFF but somebody’s home.)
The Lodge mainly acts as a post-hunting bar, although I must say it’s a classy one–no dead animals on the walls quite yet. We’re not full-service. There’s always coffee and beer, but alas, soda is hard to come by. (I keep forgetting that the lads are hunting with their dads now and they are too young for beer.) We don’t serve dinner, but snacks are sometimes available. It gets a little awkward when hunters show up as I’m serving dinner, which is often the case on Fridays.
Last Friday night the place was hopping. Everyone was here: Mike and Tim, their boys and cousin Don. John got a tender doe, Don gutted it, and they all came down to the mancave to tell their hunting tales over a cold drink while having text message arguments with their wives.
“We just popped in to have a quick beer.”
“I know what that means! You’ll be there another hour!”
This particular Friday I had planned to cook up a big batch of corn chowder. While John and the others were off in various corners of the woods, I busied myself in the kitchen. When they came in, there was a huge stockpot of soup ready to eat.
Shelley and I sat on the sofa with our bowls of chowder. The lads entertained Harper with new phone apps and the old guys gathered ’round the bar slurping chowder and brewskis and out-yapping each other. It was fun.
And I won the amazing wife award for pulling off a delicious soup at the end of a grueling week–just to make John happy. I’ll tell ya…it’s amazing what the right pain meds can do for you.Maywood Living.