She showed up at Swing Night just about the same month as I did. Her porcelain white skin, pearly white teeth, spunky curly hair and youthful smile made for an evening of never ending dance partners. Plus, she was good, and always looked like she was having a blast without ever breaking a sweat. I admired her from a distance and our interactions were brief for weeks, until one particular night when Mystery Man and I were working on a few steps off to the side of the dance floor.
The Charleston basic was proving difficult for me and my frustration level had hit an all time high. I secretly wondered why I was even trying, why I cared so much, and why I shouldn’t just leave and find some other hobby. But, he was being kind and offering tips, so I couldn’t just up and go without seeming very rude. So there I was struggling through it. Then Spunky Girl walked up. She watched for a minute.
“Oh, you mean like this?” she chirped, and banged out the step right then and there.
There are times in life when you make a choice.
For a split second I considered gathering my things, muttering something like “go ahead you two, knock yourselves out” and leaving, never to return.
I am so glad that split second came and went, and I stayed put. That was seventeen years ago. Spunky Girl became my Homey and together we have danced miles on the same floors (including the Charleston), met our husbands, graduated, started careers and had our children. My admiration for her started on the dance floor and continues to this day.
She likes to bring this Guacamole to our gatherings. I hope you have Homey you can share it with, too.
3-4 very ripe avocados
1 small to medium red onion, finely diced
1 Anaheim chile, finely diced
1 lime, squeezed, (about 2 tablespoons)
1/2 lemon, squeezed (about 1 tablespoon)
cilantro to taste (about 1 tablespoon, chopped)
salt to taste
• Slice the avocados all the way around and pull apart. Scoop out the flesh and place in a food processor. Reserve the pits.
• Add diced onion and chile.
• Give the food processor two one-second pulses.
• Add the lime juice, lemon juice and cilantro.
• Pulse the food processor in one-second increments until the guacamole is the texture you prefer.
• Remove from bowl with rubber spatula into a serving dish. Add the pits to the guacamole (this keeps it from turning brown so quickly).
• Adjust cilantro to taste.
• Serve with tortilla chips.
This also can be made by hand in a large mortar and pestle set.