Sometimes things simple things happen that make you realize how lucky you are. That is what happened to me this past weekend at the lake.
Sierah, Marcus, Stacy and I decided to take a day trip to a nearby lake. This is a State Park that I first visited when I was 6 days old……I spent nearly every summer there growing up and I have made a point to take my children as often as I possible.
Being there with Marcus and Stacy made me realized how lucky I am to have had those experiences my entire life. Neither Stacy nor Marcus camped or did anything like that growing up. Nor did they have pets, etc…Things to me that were as much a part of my life as filling my lungs with air every time I took a breath.
I joked with Stacy telling him I cant imagine his Mom even going to the Lake, (she is a lovely lady who I adore, but scared of bugs and stuff) he said, “We didn’t go to the lake and if we did we would have had to sat in the car with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on.”
Me on the other hand grew up digging in the dirt, picking and eating vegetables from my Mothers garden, swimming in the pool, carrying home toads and gardener snakes, dragging home stray dogs and hiding them in my bedroom, my dog and I getting sprayed my stray skunks, Tomato Juice baths with my dog to de-skunk us both, knee deep in the slimy crick that ran behind my house with my dog Dino catching tad poles and skipping rocks….as I grew I spent summers at the lake camping, boating, skiing and tubing…….racing go-carts around the track my Dad built in the back yard, riding my horse, riding my brothers motorcycle, jumping off my parents roof into the pool, flying in a twin engine plane on the weekends with my inebriated Dad and Uncle, going to the car races with my brother to watch him race cars and drive in the demolition derby…..you name it I did it and I loved every minute of it.
I truly feel blessed to have all of those experiences.
Now I want to share as many of those as I can with Stacy….Yesterday as he and I sat and watched the boats race across the water it made me want to water ski or ride a jet ski, it brought back memories of learning how to dock the boat and nearly taking out the entire dock and my Dad at the same time, dropping anchor by the lily pads (at 4:00 AM) with my Mom and fishing for hours, my brother spending hours in the boat teaching me how to bare-foot and trick ski, the time I was tubing and lost my bikini bottoms in the lake, watching the fourth of July fire works from the boat while floating in the middle of the lake….the list is endless……all of those memories……and there sat Stacy experiencing the Lake for the first time yesterday. I wished we could of done more, but I guess just being there was enough. We had a ball….
It was a strange and wonderful feeling……he loved the lake and wants to return this weekend. He even wants to camp and he has never been camping before. I am excited and feel like a kid all over again! I cant wait and neither can he……