Just the other day my wife and I were sitting around with Hugh Leigh and Gigi after dinner and Gigi shared a story about how HL proposed to her and surprise surprise, it involved food.
They had simply planned to have a picnic at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Gigi prepared fried chicken and potato salad. At the end of picnic Hugh Leigh said, “If any woman can make fried chicken and potato salad this good, I’ve got to marry her”. Gigi thought he was kidding as he had asked her to marry him a couple of times and each time she thought he was kidding, but this time asked, “Are you serious?” He said that he had been serious every time he had asked her. So, Gigi said yes.
HL said that he had to speak to her father for her hand and by Gigi’s account by the time he was done he was on his knees while asking for permission to marry his youngest daughter.
Meanwhile, Gigi was in the kitchen with her mother telling her the story of the proposal. What had surprised HL was the potato salad his mother made was with mayo, but Gigi’s mother used a recipe with mustard in it giving a yellowish tint to the potato salad. Gigi’s mother turned to her daughter and said, “Your father proposed to me at the Vicksburg National Military Park after we had a picnic of fried chicken and potato salad.”