The Cabin..…so grateful… little did I know when my parents bought our cabin 30 years ago it would be the place that I love so much. It is the place to go that makes everything so clear… It is one of the things that I am so grateful to have in my life And honestly, Its not the place, but the experience.
Most of my high school years were spent riding with 6 people deep in a Delta 88 for 3 hours… packed like sardines and we only stopped once. We all dressed in winter gear because my dad kept the air conditioning on so cold. My dad has his rules and everyone knew it. You also got to bring one bag and anything else went on your lap.
Even back then, the cabin could take all my stress away…the cabin is where I spent every weekend with my friends tubing and water skiing until we couldn’t hold on anymore. I would come home sunburned and sore… we spent all night playing the broom game and badminton.. we would lay by the bonfire until morning. The cabin is where we first drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes. It’s also where we learned to fill my parents liquor bottles with water.
Every 4th of July celebration was at the cabin with my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins… the famous jart tournament, where someone always got hit by the end. My uncle always broke something… Turkey on the grill, Devon’s potatoes, along with special K bars were tradition. And we always celebrated birthdays at the cabin, along with my annual summer cabin party.
And now 30 years later, my kids get to experience the freedom of the cabin. I love to tell them the stories of my summers… but what I love more is watching them experiencing it.
The time they get to spend with their grandparents is priceless. They get to listen to stories from the past. They get to her the endless stories of “Hatchet Hannah” the crazy lady in the woods from my dad.. it’s still told the same way he told me 30 years ago. My kids get to experience yard games and bonfires.. they get to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. They spend weekends with their cousins making so many memories. They are learning to water ski and bait hooks.
When I hear them playing the same games by the bonfire that I played 30 years ago, I just smile and laugh… even with all the technology and changes kids are still the same… they love games, the freedom, and laughing until all hours….
My kids need this time at the cabin…. I try to keep my kids lives as simple as I can… but they are busy. The cabin takes them away from all the craziness and stress… they need downtime and simplicity just as much as adults. So some weekends we skip activities and commitments, just to go to the cabin. They need to experience nights of running outside and playing yard games, laughing by bonfires, and swimming for hours until they are exhausted. I am hoping the cabin will make them forget the stress and chaos that they face at home. Maybe they will forget about the constant running from activity to activity throughout the week. And forget about the pressure from trying to be the best at everything these days and take some time to enjoy just being a kid.
My kids will experience and learn so much from these summers. They will probably not realize it until years later, but they will eventually. And my kids will make their own memories to tell their kids years from now…
Thanks for reading!