We're going to the lake for the weekend! My absolute favourite place in the whole world. There's acres of treed land, walking paths, the "pit" (which I think was going to be a swimming pool), Grandma's flowers and gardens, the swing which Grandpa made for me, volleyball, badmintin, campfires, storytelling, singing and food... lots of delicious food.
|You can kind of see "the pit" here in this picture (it's lined with black plastic).|
|Me and my dog, Bumblebee. She loved the lake too!|
Almost two decades later, my parents bought a lake lot. Childhood memories have come back to life as we have tried to recreate some of the "magic" that takes place when you go to the lake.
First there's the excitement of getting ready for the trip. We pack our bags, we listen to music while motoring down the highway, we converse about our hopes and dreams (which often includes plans for how we would spend the millions of dollars that we'll have one day). We sing loudly along to the music that's playing and we stop for Tim Horton's treats along the way.
As we pull up the driveway to the lake lot, we're immediately greeted by my mom or dad, waving and approaching the car to give us hugs. Then there's Mignon who barks and playfully jumps to greet us. My brother strolls up and gives us hugs as well.
We get so much joy from being at the lake... building a campfire, roasting marshmallows, making walking paths, riding the "tractor" (which is actually a lawnmower), playing ladder toss, looking at magazines, talking, and relaxing.
I get to watch my girls explore nature... the flowers, the bugs, the butterflies, the grass, and the woodpecker who frequently stops in to look for insects to eat.
|Lots of bugs to discover while we're at the lake!|
My dad ends the day with a firework of my daughter's choice. It's usually around seven o'clock... the sky is still light, but the anticipation, excitement, and sound of the firework is what really matters to her.
We load back into the car. My family stands and watches as we back our car out. They're waving to us... and we're already thinking about the next time we can come back to the lake.
To some, it may seem a simple delight... but to us, our time here is precious, beautiful and magical.