Confession No. 137 — Moving On

“I tramp a perpetual journey.” — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

My wife cried today. Sure, she’s shed her fair share of tears, but this time was different.

‘I’ve lived here longer than any place else I’ve ever lived and we’re leaving this place,’ she told me as we drove. ‘Seventeen years…’

I wasn’t sure how to respond.

‘Me too!’ I said with a smile.

Truth is, I was born and raised in my small northeast Texas town. Like most other youngsters, my goal was to leave. And I did. I returned here though … with a wife and family in tow.

I’ve taken a couple of journeys in my time. They revolved entirely around finances. This journey is different. Sure, it’s an advancement in a vocation that I absolutely love. But it’s also a quality of life thing for me.

Before she spent 17 years in our small Texas town, my bride has called home numerous locales in New York and New Jersey. In between all of those, she hung her hat in a cabin on a huge ship that cruised the Caribbean.

‘Adam probably wouldn’t understand this,’ I once overheard ‘but nothing compares to life on a cruise ship.’

That comment came more than 20 years ago. We newlyweds were on a cruise ourselves and it was probably the first time my wife’s words hurt my feelings. Except she didn’t mean it in the way I received it.  She was right. I didn’t understand.

As we embark a new adventure – our first for work and play – I understand now.

Sure, melancholy has reared its head with both of us. We’ve raised our children here and know just about every back road, radio station and greasy spoon. There’s a certain comfort in knowing what convenience store has the coldest bottled soda, or the intersections with the shortest green lights.

But this is our ‘cruise ship.’ And nothing compares.

Ah, the freezer! It’s not much different than a youngster with dreams: full of ideas that rarely come to fruition. So, what to do with some jumbo shrimp and prepackaged flat breads? I’m about to show you … and it’s delicious!

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Shrimp & Avocado Flat Bread

Shrimp & Avocado Flatbread — Quick. Delicious. Easy. And a real eye-catcher.

Shrimp & Avocado Flat Bread — Quick. Delicious. Easy. And a real eye-catcher.

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Shrimp & Avocado Flat Bread
Quick, easy and a real eye-catcher with guests.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 3 - 2½-3 oz. Flat bread pieces (any type is fine)
  • 1 lb. - Jumbo (21-26) shrimp, deveined and peeled entirely
  • 2 - Medium avocados
  • ½ cup - Mild salsa
  • ½ cup - Queso fresco, Feta or Goat Cheese (crumbling)
  • ¼ cup - Sour cream
  • ¼ cup - Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TB - Lime juice
  • 1 TB - Vegetable oil
  1. Cube the avocados in ½-1 inch chunks and toss with lime juice in a bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil to medium-high. (Meanwhile, begin preheating grill or griddle to warm the flatbreads.)
  3. Add shrimp to saucepan and cook, tossing regularly, until just pink throughout, about 3 minutes.
  4. Place cooked shrimp in large bowl; add salsa and toss to coat.
  5. Grill flat breads until warmed and slightly crispy, about 1 minute per side.
  6. Spread a thin layer of sour cream on each flat bread; add shrimp, avocado chunks, cheese and a garnish of cilantro.
  7. Slice into halves or thirds for appetizer portions; or leave whole for individual servings.



  1. Safe travels, and good luck in your new home and on your new adventures!

  2. I’m excited for you Adam!! I’m also excited to make this Heavenly lookin’ flatbread – it looks insanely delicious! I have to say I’m soooo with Catherine about being on a cruise ship; we LOVE to cruise. Every now and then we randomly start singing “On a Boat” (Lonely Island/SNL) when we get the itch to go again LOL!

  3. Wait, after finishing that spectacular kitchen renovation just a couple of years ago, you’re moving?!!

    I wish you good fortune and great adventures, Adam! Looking forward to hear what motivated a move after 17 years. Bet it’s good!

    • adamjholland says:

      Yes, Stacy. I know. It was good while it lasted, but I’m looking forward to an (already-built) bigger and better kitchen.

  4. RuthAnn Schmidt says:

    I miss you and I don’t live there any more! Go figure?! What I miss is being able to envision where you are, what your house looks like, the restaurant or store you speak of visiting…things Mom’s need to know and miss when they don’t. I am extremely proud of the man you are, extremely +++ proud of your wife and kids and I hope there is a “MIL” room in your new place (not the RV- I can bring my own) ’cause missing you is not much fun. Ah, the irony of it all – we are searching for a house “back home” to be closer to family and the family is now in the wind! LOL! Not really funny but beats tears any day. Prayers for safe travel, hugs for all.

  5. It sure is hard to leave a place with so many memories and of course all of the work and personal touches in your home. But here’s to new adventures. I hope you’ve got Willy Nelson’s ‘On the Road Again’ to listen to while you travel.

    Marvelous looking flatbread.

  6. Aww, it’s so bittersweet, isn’t it? It appears shrimp is on the menu for many this week. Looks delicious! Safe travels, my friend. 🙂

  7. Yay! Thanks for explaining it – as Andy would say – Let’s go on an ‘venture! I know you will have a great big adjustment time and it will be exciting and exhausting……….meantime, these shrimp on flatbread looks fantastic! You know we try all your recipes and this will be no exception!

  8. New chapters in life certainly can be scary. I know from recent experience since I just left Florida- my home of 32 years- to move to North Carolina. But new beginings are also a lot of fun. They are a fresh, new page to start writting out and living new journeys. I wish you both a lot of luck in your new endevours. And lots of happiness in your new life, my friend! On to these flatbreads- YUM! Love the flavors and the simplicity is obviously a huge win! Plus these are so gorgeous! Love! Craving these for breakfast! Cheers, Adam and travel safely!

    • adamjholland says:

      I think I might be too old to be scared of a situation such as this; and I was too naive to be scared the last time. I’ve failed more times than most, and I suppose I’m just up to the task of recovering, if need be. — And you are so right with the word fresh. Not that the previous was stale or bad (because I’ve loved the past 15 years), but the unknowns that are inherent with journeys like these are fun.

  9. and away you go!
    I wish all of you the very best with this new adventure. It will be fun to follow.
    This recipe looks REALLY good. I have just seen my adult kids move to their own place after camping in my living room for too long than I want to admit.
    Now that I have my freedom back, this looks good to serve guests.
    Thank you!
    Take care, have fun, be safe. Make new memories.

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Jill. There are many parents out there who concur with the kids living at home conundrum. (I’m one of them.) I’m excited for the new memories that you mention and the fresh aspect (as Cheyanne described it) of being in an all new place.

  10. Moving is always difficult but the important thing is that you have your family with you so all the memories you created in your old home can be cherished together, and new ones can be created in your new home! Plus I’m sure you will make many new friends and neighbors if you start sharing some of these amazing goodies that you whip up in your kitchen! This shrimp and avocado flatbread looks like the perfect summer meal. So yummy!

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Beeta. We’ll be back and forth as a family for the foreseeable future, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My wife gets our bed to herself, so she will be innocent of stealing my covers for months to come. 😉

  11. Melancholy and me get along too well sometimes. Bitter sweet moments. And I love your flatbread. Great idea for some shrimp that’s been lingering a little too long in my freezer. Thanks for the idea.

    • adamjholland says:

      My pleasure, Lea Ann. What is it about the blues? I have more blues songs in my iTunes than any other genre — by far (more than 1,600 songs).

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