I decided to get a head start on our 4th of July float yesterday afternoon (most years we put it all together on the morning of the 4th). I gathered the cardboard, box cutter knife, magic marker, & spray paint...and got to work. By 4 pm I realized I'd better put everything away and start opening the clams I had gathered the day before. There were fewer than three dozen, but they were just the right size for appetizers...clams on the half shell, topped with bacon, a little white wine, & Parmesan cheese. Amy & David & Lachlan came over, and we turned on the mini lights on the back porch. Lou Ann put bottles of beer in a bucket of ice and arranged crackers on a big plate. When I brought the appetizers out of the oven we settled down in comfortable chairs and savored each tasty clam.
I thought I might go back to working on the float, but we decided to join friends on a sunset cruise on the schooner Windfall instead. We never even fixed dinner.
I'll finish the float today (or tomorrow).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the second half of my father's short journal. I call it Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke. You can read it here.