This weekend was jammed-packed with lots of family time thanks to two parties in the Delaware Schellhardt branch of the family tree!  On Saturday, we celebrated the November nuptials of Joan’s oldest son Eric and his wife Whitney at a seafood/crab feast at their home in Maryland.  On Sunday, we headed west to West Virginia to celebrate Mary’s son’s graduation from high school.  All total, I put 250 miles on my dad’s car but it was well worth it!

At the party on Saturday, Eric said a few words that have stayed with me all weekend and it was the perfect set-up for Memory Monday.  Eric told us how when  he was a young Marine, a chaplain described heaven to him as being  your very best memories replayed over and over again.  I think that’s probably one of the most beautiful descriptions of heaven that I’ve ever heard.  It sure beats my vision of heaven where there’s an all you can eat baked potato bar. 

For Eric, and I’d wager for most of the Delaware Schellhardts, some of the best memories were of summer days swimming and eating crabs at Nan and Pop’s (Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill to the rest of us!)  I figure there’s going to be a lot of Schellhardts eating crabs in heaven one day! 

Now, this picky eater wasn’t much of a crab eater when I was a kid – nor did I ever really master the art of picking crabs – but some of my best memories of going to Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill’s were when the big kitchen table was cleared off, covered with newspaper, and piled high with crabs that Uncle Bill caught that day!

Since today is the unofficial kick-off to summer, I can’t think of a better memory (or pictures) to share!
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Terry Fine
05/27/2013 11:30pm

I can't say I'm much of a crab picker, but I do remember visiting Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty in the early 80's and participating in a crab feast while watching the baseball playoffs. Family, food and baseball. It doesn't get much better than that!

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12/02/2016 3:38pm

Crabs are the best and the yummiest seafood I've ever tasted. But the worst thing I struggled with, is the crab's shells. Why they are made like a stone? We need to break each shells in order to eat the meat. And I just realized, it's like in getting what you want, you need to work for it.

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