Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Young & Old

Holly and Brianna, Lou Ann's two granddaughters, were on the island last week. They loved the island, and decided they wanted to live here. Here they are on our front porch, catching raindrops:

Photo by Lou Ann

One afternoon we walked over to Blanche's house, and visited with her on the porch. Although we had to repeat the girls' comments and questions because Blanche is quite hard of hearing, we had a pleasant conversation. After a bit we got out our instruments...Lou Ann on the ukulele, and I on the harmonica. We played "O, Susanna," and the girls and Blanche sang along. Next was "Red River Valley," then "Shenandoah." We played one final tune, "This Land is Your Land," before we all gave Blanche hugs, then headed back across the lane.

What a treat for young and old to sing folk tunes together on the pizer! I hope the girls remember that afternoon when they have grandchildren of their own.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter relates the story of the prohibition-era rum runner Messenger of Peace that brought much pleasure to the residents of Portsmouth. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:49 PM

    What lucky young ladies to have entree to such a wonderful experience in such a singular place. May those memories inform their lives as they surely brightened yours. And the photo fits your tale to a T, Philip. Thanks--as always--for sharing.

  2. When was the last time you had a good old-fashioned singalong.
    I miss them.
    So much more fun than television or video games.

  3. Hi Y'all!

    Don't know anybody who'd visit the outer banks and not want to live there.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog