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You never know who you will meet


She stripped off her skirt and waded into the water, Michele following right after her.


Going back to yesterday, while we were enjoying a little swim at our nearby beach, we mentioned meeting a pregnant woman there with her toddler. Well, as luck would have it, she walked by the post office just as we were finished shooting Tony. We boldly asked her if she would mind being photographed in the water. She knew of a place just down the road. We hiked down a small trail and she stripped off her skirt and waded into the water.


Dale and Robyn played with her boy on the beach while Michele quickly took photos. Her name was Julia. She came to the island 15 years ago with her now ex-husband, and has been there ever since. She has two


children. A 14-year-old and a year and a half-year-old and was expecting her third shortly with her boyfriend. Raising a family would be a bit different on the island since the one-classroom school only teaches up to grade 8. After that, families with children have to decide if they want to move off the island to finish schooling, or if they want to send just their child to a community home on the mainland. As far as we could figure out, there’s a house that’s owned by the island


community where all the older children can stay while going to school. Parents take turns staying at the home and supervising all the children. Somehow they make it work.


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