Slide Two: At the Beach
This shot was taken of a little fellow named Sherman (as he was introduced when I met him and his family) getting ready to test the water at Ocracoke, North Carolina. Even though his older brothers and sisters as well as several other kids, who were already in the water, were urging Sherman to join them, he was reluctant to go in. Being more content with playing in the sand, Sherman was not overly fond of cold water and even more afraid of any alligators that might be lurking in the shallow depths of the ocean.
His parents, on several occasions, pointed out that alligators do not live in the ocean and besides, they assured him, they haven’t seen any since they arrived.
The fact that his family had only been there for only 3 days now, and recalling a story they told about finding him in a Cabbage patch as a baby, didn’t offer Sherman any great reassurance on the absence of alligators. So after testing the water, he went back to building his sandcastle. Too cold seemed to be a good enough reason and repeatedly denied to his brothers and sisters that alligators had anything to do with it.
I’m going to head out now, it’s late and besides I thought I just heard a few swishes in the water behind me.
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