The Engagement Party

—The Engagement Party—

Oxford, Alabama, was the city.
“Hubbard’s Off Main” was the location.
The Occasion? An Engagement Party.
Whose? One of my many Nephews and his Beautiful Fiancee.
(They deserve their privacy, so that’s as far as I’ll go with names)

“Hubbard’s” is off of Choccolocco Street. I love saying that name. Chocc-o-locco.

As I said earlier, this was an Engagement Party.
The party got held in the Banquet Room at Hubbard’s.

In the main restaurant, a two-person band played—One on guitar and the other on the keys.
Bob Segar’s “Against The Wind” was getting played as I walked in to listen.

The restaurant is decorated with old Antique Furniture. I know some of the Furniture dates back to the ’50s.
The walls were red brick, and the floor was an old wooden floor.
I go back to the Banquet Room.

Sitting off to itself is an old Phone Booth—a dark brown wooden phone booth with a door that closes behind you for privacy.
Inside the booth is a wooden chair and a Phone Directory.
I sat inside, closed the door behind me, and thought of days long gone—another time.
The Payphone took nickels, dimes, and quarters.

I know you’re going to ask, “Did the phone work?” but the truth is, I don’t know.
It was an antique, and I didn’t want to be the one to break it.
I never thought the day would come when a Payphone would be considered an Antique, and I would be too scared to touch it. But there I was. Too afraid to touch the Payphone.

Back at the party, people mingled.
Many sat at Dining Room Tables. Older Dining Room Tables.
Many restaurants are putting in tables you typically find in the Home Dining Room, and I like it. It makes me feel more at ease.

They have a Cash-Bar.
A lone waitress is taking everyone’s drink orders. I can tell she’s a veteran at her job.

Two tables have finger foods such as Sausage Balls, Chicken Nuggets, BBQ Smoked Wieners, a Vegetable Tray with Ranch Dip, and much more. I make two trips. I also get myself some Broccoli with Ranch Dressing. I felt Fancy as I ate my Broccoli dipped in Ranch.

Games get played involving the Bride, Groom, and the Guests.

Laughter, Cheering, and lots of Applause are heard throughout the night.
Everyone Celebrated the young couple, including me.

And, I’m almost positive that I could feel the Spirit of my Late Brother Tony.