One of Ocracoke's brightest schoolteachers stopped by the house at lunchtime yesterday. Charles Temple had spent the summer at Oxford studying British poetry. Amy, David, and Lachlan were with me on the back porch enjoying a leisurely midday meal when Charles walked in. It was so good to see him again. He was full of excitement and enthusiasm, and entertained us with a few stories about the campus, the hordes of U.S. and Italian summer students in London, and why he hadn't acquired a British accent.
He graciously accepted a sloppy joe sandwich, cheese doodles, and a soft drink. I remarked that he showed no signs of being insufferable, but he assured me that I might want to reserve judgment. At any rate it's good to have Charles back on the island.
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]