[Some of the Happy Campers in front of the kiln, clockwise from left: Mrs. Ron D. (Helen) Mahan of Waxhaw, NC; Michael Mahan, Seagrove, NC; Dr. Andy Bean, DesMoines, IA; Randy Mahan, Charlotte, NC; Chad Roberts, Jacksonville, FL; Al Cook, Norfolk, VA]
It's really a pleasant kick to be surprised. At one point Patti walked over to where I was standing on the lawn and said: "Do you see that nice lady over their talking to Al Cook? She says she knows you." A gracious Helen Mahan said that thirty years made it excusable for us not to recognize one another. Helen is still in Waxhaw, is a very proud grand-mother, and her family is doing fine. She is standing in front of the business end of the kiln, where it will eventually be glowing cherry red for days at a time while it bends its will on the ceramics inside.
[Helen Mahan and the inside of the kiln]
Sheez. This guy's looked like a hunk since we were kids. You'd think he would give it a rest and start looking his age like the rest of us.
Michael announces that lunch is ready to be served. The Fish Camp way.