May 2011. There are five of us sitting around this table, ready to dig into our first boiled shrimp dinner on our annual trip to Holden Beach. We are grateful to be together for another year. One of our friends is not with us this time. She is in the hospital with a life-threatening infection, and we wonder if she will be here to join us next year. Another friend has already left us. We join hands and give thanks that we are here, together, sharing this meal, this gift of the sea, with one another.