Dear friends,

One of the best things my father did was to buy a beachfront house in Lewes, DE in 1944 for $10,000. I had a marvelous childhood. Fishing, crabbing, swimming, and everything that our beach community offered made it special. Every year my cousins Rick and Elaine Heugh rented the house next door to us. The Lewes Yacht Club was a special place, and the Lewes Beach kids really enjoyed it.

My father had a great boat named the Tide Runner, which made me the king of the Beach. I was in love with Dosie Bayard, which made things even better. One weekend, my dad took my cousin Rick Heugh and me, along with my other cousin Bill Poulterer and his friend Ned Maull, to Two Mile Beach in Cape May, NJ, where we had a fabulous camping trip.

Folks, life could not have been better. Those lazy, delightful days of sun and salt water with my many friends were indeed something special. That’s the way it was in Lewes, Delaware, during that special time. Looking back, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, the Mark Twain characters, had no advantage over this young man and my special friends. Such was life.

That was the way it was, and I wish I could go back, but I can’t. So be it.

Yours truly,

JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

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