My father, Lawton Howard (1911-2002), often told me about playing a childhood game on Ocracoke Island. “Annie Over the House” was a simple island pastime. One child would throw a homemade ball over the house; the other would try to catch it and then run around the house and tag the first child.
I was amused a few days ago, when the weather turned mild, to see that my grandson and a friend had re-invented the game.
The only difference I could see was that my father's generation didn't have dog ball throwers or fluorescent green tennis balls.
So far there have been no broken windows!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter, a newspaper article published in 1923
titled "Quaintest Town in America," provides a fascinating glimpse of
Ocracoke Island life a
century ago. You can read it here: