I am often delightfully surprised on Ocracoke. Last Thursday evening was no exception. Lou Ann and I were strolling along Highway 12, having just finished a delicious dinner at the Flying Melon. About half way home a small group of teenagers on the other side of the road caught our attention. There were three boys and one girl. Each had a small cardboard sign on which they had hand-lettered "Free Hugs."
"Would you like a free hug?" they called out to us, holding aloft their signs.
Of course we agreed. We couldn't imagine not accepting hugs from these smiling, enthusiastic teens. They only tarried long enough to convey the hugs, and to tell us they were visiting from High Point, North Carolina. Then they were off, merrily offering hugs as they proceeded toward the harbor.
The next time I am tempted to think about rowdy or surly teenagers, I will remind myself of these congenial and refreshing young people.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.