Amy, David, Lachlan, & I waited two hours to be seated at the Cafe Atlantic for brunch this morning/afternoon. Then it took another hour to be served. This is not a negative reflection on the Cafe. In fact, it is the highest praise for owners Ruth and Bob, and today's servers.
One of our own, sheriff''s deputy, Jason Daniels, a husband and father of two (including a newborn), was recently diagnosed with a serious but treatable illness. The owners and staff of the Cafe Atlantic offered to donate to Jason and his family every penny from sales of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and server tips, from today's brunch. When we arrived at 10:45 the line stretched from the porch, down the steps, nearly to the highway. I am guessing that more than 200 folks came out to support Jason, and the tip jar (as I mentioned, it is all being donated) was filled with bills and personal checks. A fund has also been established at the local bank, providing an opportunity for those who couldn't make it out to the brunch to help our neighbor.
These are the kinds of things that small communities do for friends and neighbors. We all wish Jason a full and speedy recovery.
Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my forthcoming book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.