|Mr. Walter O'Neal (in white hat) at his Store|
Mr. Walter liked to take us to the beach to find sand dollars. On the way he often recited one of his favorite poems:
Make new friends, but keep the old
Those are silver -- these are gold
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Friendship that has stood the test
Of time and change are surely best.
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray
Friendship never knows decay.
So 'midst old friends, tried and true,
Let us now our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die,
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast--
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old,
Those are silver -- these are gold.
Sage advice from one old time O'cocker.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of 63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.