The following conversation happened yesterday, at about 5 pm. (It has been paraphrased, but you'll get the picture.)
Lou Ann (greeting Kati at Books to be Red): "Hi, Kati. See you soon at the pot luck dinner."
Kati: "What pot luck dinner?"
L.A.: "The one for the August birthday celebration."
Katie: "When is that?"
L.A.: "Tonight, at 6 o'clock."
L.A.: "At your house!"
Weeks ago Kati and Lou Ann planned this pot luck dinner. Then Lou Ann told Kati she would have to leave the island early, so Kati thought no more about it. Then Lou Ann discovered she would still be here. Kati thought the pot luck had been canceled. Lou Ann still thought it was a go, and told a few people about the dinner. If the two women hadn't run into each other an hour before the scheduled time a dozen or so people would have showed up at John & Kati's (who were planning to enjoy an evening dinner at one of the local restaurants).
As it was, a dozen or so people did show up at John & Kati's. John & Kati graciously stayed home to host. It was a small gathering, but the food was wonderful. Many thanks to John & Kati for not stressing out!
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.