Monday, April 21, 2008

Oh, No!

Saturday morning Amy, David, Lachlan, and I, along with other family, friends, and many others lined up on the floating dock at the National Park Service Visitors Center waiting for a ride to Portsmouth. Lachlan was looking forward to his very first visit to the island. Many times we had looked at distant Portsmouth from the shore of Springer's Point. This would be an exciting adventure!

Several boats were running back and forth, ferrying hundreds of folks to the island for homecoming. As one boat would load and head for Portsmouth, another would soon be pulling up to the dock to take another group.

Three-year-old Lachlan, of course, was unaware of the grand plan. We inched our way to the head of the line, but the couple in front of us were the last to board the boat lying along the dock. The captain shoved off and slowly backed away, leaving us standing there with no other boat in view.

It was then that we all heard Lachlan's half-whispered, plaintive moan: "Oh, no!"

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of the eulogy given at the funeral service for island native Muzel Bryant who died in February at the age of 103. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Haha... awww What a cuite? :) I didn't know he had never been over there! I bet you guys had fun! Any pictures from the day?

  2. Anonymous10:23 PM

    Phillip..........We are confused. Did you get to come to homecoming but not Lachlan? We are the Spring volunteers on Portsmouth now. Please bring Lachlan over and we will give him a private tour in the gator. Dave Frumm is always telling us how cute and smart Lachlan is. We would love to meet him. Bobby and Peggy Pleasants

  3. Bobby & Peggy,

    We were all there. Sorry we didn't have a chance to visit with you. Would love to get back to the island with Lachlan. Will let Dave Frum know before we do. But I'm thinking the skeeters will be unbearable after all this rain! We'll see.

  4. One more thing -- click on the photo on our blog for Wed., April 23 to go to our latest Ocracoke Newsletter about the Portsmouth Homecoming.