This is a special day for Lachlan and me. It is our birthday! Since Lachlan was born (six years ago) it has been easy for me to remember how old I am...I just need to add sixty to his age. We don't have anything big planned for the day, just a family lunch (my brother Bud and his wife Jamie are coming down for the day). We already had a cookout last week to celebrate Lou Ann's and our birthdays.
Unfortunately, today is Lou Ann's last day on the island this summer. Her school starts in a week and she is leaving with Bud and Jamie this afternoon (her flight is early tomorrow morning). We have had such a wonderful (though short!) summer together -- walks on the beach, rides in the boat, time with family, cruises on Windfall II, pot lucks, performances, romantic dinners, visits with neighbors,...and so much more. Sometimes we just sit on the pizer and marvel at what a magical place Ocracoke Island is -- the beach, the sunsets, the starry sky...and the fascinating community of talented, caring, diverse, and quirky people.
We will all miss Lou Ann...no one more than I. She adds so much to our island community. The good part is that we know she'll be back!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the 1913 wreck of the 6-masted schooner, George W. Wells. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072110.htm.