My cousin Sylvia and her friend Marie came over to the island this past weekend to visit Earl O'Neal. We sat on the pizer Saturday afternoon and talked for more than an hour. Sylvia and Marie came back to join us for supper. We shared stories, talked about childhood memories of Ocracoke, and laughed about our relatives' antics.
Earl told us he had a photograph of my father right after a hurricane. He was standing in water up to his neck. Well, actually he wasn't standing. He was being silly and kneeling, making it look like the water was much higher than it was! He also has a photo of my father holding a smiling clam. My dad had taken out his false teeth and inserted them between the open shells.
After supper we walked across the lane to visit Blanche. More stories flowed forth, and we all laughed some more. Blanche says the Howards always liked to laugh. She says it keeps us young. My Aunt Thelma is 97 years old. As she often reminds me, "No fools, no fun."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.