Shrimp is displayed before me yesterday in all its culinary splendor in a bowl of seafood cocktail sauce. Shrimp is so versatile. You can use the word shrimp to describe something small: It's a little shrimp of a thing. You can make jokes about shrimp: Why wouldn't the shrimp share his treasure? Because he was a little shellfish. You can use the term shrimp to insult someone: Carla Thomas said to Otis Redding, "You a shrimp, Otis." Or maybe she said tramp. Anyway, best of all, you can eat shrimp. When I eat shrimp, I'm in seafood paradise. I love shrimp. I can eat tons of shrimp. I cook and serve shrimp in many ways. As Pvt. Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue once said, "Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp Creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's, that's about it." That's plenty, Bubba. Let's eat!
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.