We called her Edith Bunker. Not because she was goofy & gangly & spoke in a grating falsetto, although she did have a pretty high-pitched warble. No, we annointed her with the name of Archie's spouse because she ran like this:
Ella Numera Una had a hustle in her bustle. A hitch in her gettalong, as we say in Tejas. And we noticed it the most when we went to the beach in Duck, North Carolina.
Mr. Fairway shot that snap in 1988, our first time at Duck, toward the north end of the North Carolina's barrier islands. We've returned at least every summer since then to The Outer Banks, or OBX, as the natives know them. We've also visited at Thanksgiving, and in December, as the Nor'easters begin to blow. But we've never missed a summer in 21 years.
We can't tell you how many times we've been down to Duck since that first sojurn, but the kids will tell you we're not tourists anymore.
"Call us visitors," Una says.
"Aw, we're more than visitors by now," pipes up Ella Numera Dos, who first visited the OBX when she was 5 weeks old.
No, that's not our tag. Just a snap we snagged in the parking lot of the local market. Tommy's. One of the reasons we keep returning, although the prices are too steep and the coffee's often cold. You see, we were with Tommy from the start. He & the Scribe Family both started their love affair with Duck, NC in the late '80s.
Of course, Dockside 'n' Duck is another reason. Steamed crabs to go. Every kind of fish you'd have a hankerin' for, right off the boat.
Or it could be the sunsets. And eating ice cream on the boardwalk overlooking the Currituck Sound at Sunset Ice Cream. We've been with them since the beginning, too.
We get a lot of reading done.
And sometimes the grownups have one too many "adult beverages." But while Duck doesn't have the waves of Maui or the white sand of Sanibel Island, the kids always find a way to get their boogie on.
This is all, I suppose, the roundabout way of saying that we're headed down to Duck in a week or so. Mrs. Scribe will be filing dispatches from the road, of course. And that's the way we'll be spending the rest of our summer vacation.