Yesterday afternoon David, Lachlan, and I motored out into the sound. Our goal was to meet the Cedar Island ferry as it approached Ocracoke. My son, Stefen, and his family were coming to the island for two weeks.
We were early so we anchored off of Springer's Point and David & Lachlan went for a swim. It was such a pleasure to see them frolicking in the water...laughing and carrying on. When they finally climbed back on board I asked Lachlan if he knew what an idyllic childhood he was having! Of course, he didn't have a clue what I was asking...but he will remember fondly these experiences for the rest of his life.
As it turned out, the Cedar Island ferry was late, and Lachlan & David had reasons to get back to shore, so we didn't see Stefen, Snee, Zoe, Eakin, & Eliza until their car pulled into the yard across the lane. Immediately the grandchildren ran over and gave me enthusiastic hugs. We walked through the house, filled buckets with water from the hand pump, and sat on the porch swing chatting. But they all wanted to get to the ocean before supper. So off we went. What fun it was to see them swimming, diving, and laughing together.
By 6:30 we were all sitting around a large outdoor table at the Jolly Roger restaurant enjoying a simple supper, watching sailboats and shrimpers in the harbor, sharing stories, and listening to David and the rest of the band entertain us with lively tunes as the sun sank below the horizon.
Yes, indeed, it's so fine to have family to share the good life with!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to independent spirit and island character Don Wood. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062110.htm.