July 28, 2012
Hangin' with the Good Dogs
When we were children my sister, Amy, and I wandered through Bretz's pasture one day looking for wildflowers and ended up behind Mrs. Murd's house. Seeing no evidence of her presence, we climbed her mulberry tree so we could reach the few ripe mulberries. We weren't breaking any rules that we knew of; Mrs. Murd had allowed the picking of mulberries every time Mother asked her.
Imagine our surprise when Mrs. Murd appeared on the porch, yelling and waving a shotgun. Rather than approaching to tell her who we were, we escaped through the woods and scurried home.
No photo of the one-room island school house this trip, but I'm delighted to report that the tacky red paint has had its day in the sun. The school is being repainted the historically correct white that's appropriate for the site where generations of island children learned to read.
As I write,the Hook, Line & Sinker auction is beginning in the Town Hall. Mary Roesch and her committee did an astounding job of garnering donations for this event, by which they hope to raise $25,000 for the town hall, the fire department, and the hospice organization in Sandusky, Ohio. Beautifully painted furniture, including a walleye chair with the island on the seat, is being auctioned off, as are paintings and beach-glass art and the bass drum that called 25+ years of island children to the Punch and Judy shows put on by my father.
Great trip, including conversations with people I hadn't seen in decades, fabulous food by Chef Elvis at the restaurant at Hazard's, and lots of time laughing at the dogs' enthusiasm for the sight and smell of bunnies.