the Past, Present & Future
the Flavor of Community
elderly gentleman steps out his back door onto his deck, and with a
deep breath and a stretch he greets the day. He keeps the household
trash in a small utility trailer until he has enough to make a trip
to the transfer station. Before the gentleman reaches his utility trailer
Fido is running around his truck and leaping for joy at the door. Fido
knows where he is going, and the good friend he has there. This scene
or one similar is repeated throughout Mathews County.
Once the gentleman arrives at the transfer station Fido jumps out of
the truck and runs to Bud. Fido gives Bud his best greeting with lots
of doggie kisses and tail wagging. Bud smiles and talks and reaches
in his pocket for a treat. All this happiness takes place quickly. It
is magic. After a treat or two Fido jumps into the truck and is ready
to return home. What makes this phenomenon so interesting is that it
happens with so large a number of Mathews County canines. Canines of
all sizes, shapes, colors, purebred and mixed breed alike. What is it
that makes Bud White so special?
have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through
our fingers like sand. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never
come, but we have this moment today.” Do those words spoken by
an unknown author hold the secret? Bud White was two and a half years
old when his mother died. He then went to live with his father’s
mother. Bud’s dad was a waterman and gone from home a lot. Grandmother
took no sass from the boy. She had a cherry tree that provided switches
as needed for correction. When Bud was fifteen years old his Grandmother
died. Bud stayed around home picking up odd jobs until he went to work
on the water with his Dad. He worked sea-going boats with his Dad on
two memorable trips from Maine to Newfoundland. Another memorable trip
came along when Bud experienced Hurricane Carol at sea. The boat was
able to “put in” at New Bedford. After one more sea going
trip Bud returned home.
Bud served two years in the Army. While stationed in Germany he visited
Paris, France, and Spain. After completing his military service he returned
home to work on the water again. This time he worked on tug boats helping
to build the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. In 1982 Bud left his work
on the tugboats to crab for a living by himself. This work Bud did for
ten years until government regulations became unbearable. Then he went
to work for the landfill in Mathews County.
The old landfill commonly called ‘the Dump’ earned its name
because residents carried their bags of trash up the steps and literally
gave the bags a swing over the fence dropping them into the back of
a waiting dump truck. After about five years the old landfill closed
and the new transfer station opened. Bud is the very popular senior
attendant at the transfer station today. It is the location of outbursts
of joy and happiness between one special person and a multitude of Mathews
County canines! In addition, Bud is known, liked, and respected by Mathews
Bud White carries the gentle flavor of the Chesapeake Bay community.
Bud takes the time to smile. Be friendly. Chat a spell. Enjoy and touch
the moment. There it is. “We have this moment to hold in our hand
to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand.”
That is what is special about Bud White. He knows how to touch the moment.
Evidently, Bud has a winning way with children too. He is pictured here
with the author’s granddaughter.
Bud’s Striper. Cut up white potatoes & onions. Cover w/water.
Microwave until tender. Cook Striper minus the bones. Remove from water.
Combine fish, onions, & potatoes. Add bacon strips, salt, butter,
to taste. Cook a little longer. It is healthy for diabetics.