As Happy as a Clam
To Be Very Happy and Content.
Why would clams be happy? It has been suggested that open clams give the appearance of smiling. The derivation is more likely to come from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard – ‘as happy as a clam at high water’. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the bivalve mollusc world. The phrase originated in the north-eastern states of the USA in the early 19th century. The earliest citation that I can find is from a frontier memoir The Harpe’s Head – A Legend of Kentucky, 1833
I love that line and it sums up our weekend… My family is always on the go.. We decided to sleep in on Sunday, not having to rush back to New York. We also stopped for a late lunch/early dinner.. What a beautiful day!!!
We always sample the menu!! We tried the Crab Chowder, Crab Cakes, the Steamed Clams, Smoked Salmon, Soft Shell Crabs… We ate, we drank, we talked and we laughed…
The kid told us about her night… She was beaming. I really love that she’s comfortable to talk to us. She made us laugh when she said: ” she felt like the Penny in the group”…. 😀
We were a bowl of happy clams