Our library has a great summer reading program. Each week when we go for new books, we take our reading logs and the boys earn a prize of some sort. This is the third summer we've participated in the program, but the first year we've been able to do some of the other activities they offer. In addition to the weekly prizes, there are special guests and events most weeks. One of the guests was a blast from the past for Brent and me.
In Junior High, I remember well an assembly in our gym where a man named Okefenokee Joe came to visit. He was a snake man who had lived in the swamp for twenty plus years. He talked about the importance of preserving our earth, but what I remember most clearly is that he brought all kinds of snakes and they crawled all over our gym floor. Brent remembers him too, so I guess he visited all of our county schools. When I saw on the calendar that he would be in Hall County one afternoon in June, I made plans to take Andrew and Coleman.
The room was packed out, but our boys were able to get seats pretty close to the front. Joe hasn't changed much since he came to Morrow Junior High. He started off with a talk about himself, the swamp, and his dog, Swampy. Then he sang a couple of songs about Swampy.