Many visitors to Village Craftsmen will remember our faithful shop cat, Leon. He died sometime Thursday morning on Howard Street.
Leon came to Ocracoke from Colorado and loved island life. Although we never knew for sure, many folks were convinced, because of his short, stubby tail, that he was a Manx. He had long, fluffy fur, and the sweetest personality. You couldn't help but fall in love with Leon.
In the many years he wandered around the shop, sleeping on bottom shelves, or perched on the counter, or greeting folks on the front porch, he never once scratched or even bared his teeth. Even when agressive younguns got in his face he would simply turn and walk away.
I miss seeing him every morning at my back door, and I don't pass his sleeping box at the Village Craftsmen without a thought for the best cat I've ever known.
So long, Leon, from all your friends at Village Craftsmen!
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is Gary Mitchell's essay "I Believe in Pot-Lucks," published January 23, 2006. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012306.htm.