Thursday, March 31, 2005

Finding a Fortune

Charlie Morris was buried today. His funeral was an extension of our island sense of history, tradition, and community. Family & friends gathered to remember Charlie, share stories and sing songs (his grandson, Aaron, is a rising young Ocracoke guitarist). After the church service we gathered in the recreation hall to enjoy the many delicious dishes friends and neighbors had brought by the home.

Charlie had left Ocracoke when he was 17 years old. He went to Philadelphia, as he told it, to find his fortune. Charlie averred that he never found his fortune. But, just as good if not better, he said, he found indoor plumbing. We will miss his quiet, impish sense of humour.

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