I’m very fortunate in being able to spend much of the summer in northern Ontario. Here I get to enjoy cottage life – a lake view and a hiatus from work and the routine of the rest of the year. I’m also disconnected from the many distractions of this age, including internet connection and television. The days unfold with much less stress and much more physical activity than at home. Swimming, kayaking, walking, gardening are all part of the day. Best of all, most of my activities include friends and family.
Here I sit, returned home, and I can think back on the pleasure of sipping wine on the deck, enjoying a faux Christmas Day dinner with friends I don’t get to see on the real holiday, bobbing in the lake under the hot sun, and gazing at the water from the vantage point of the dock with my husband beside me … these are all sweet memories. Cottage life also offers those unexpected events that make each day interesting, from the walk and chat with a brother-in-law, to rescuing a friend from the snake that her cat left as a door step gift, to the hilarity and intensity of a crokinole game with friends.
Maybe the memories are especially sweet because the time spent at the cottage is always finite, and when I return home it’s nearing the end of summer and the beginning of another semester of work. It’s over so quickly and the memories will have to last through the long months of the upcoming winter.