We just got back from a week in new york and it felt SO good to be away. We spent 5 days visiting friends in the city and then headed upstate for a wedding and to see my childhood summer home one last time before it was put up for sale.
“The Kentucky Lodge” is a cottage that my great grandfather bought ages ago and it’s the only structural place I’ve ever felt truly attached to. Three generations of neighbors raised their kids on the horseshoe grove and the no-TV, no-shoes, no-rules, bathe-in-the-lake, go-be-a-kid-in-nature-and-try-not-to-crack-your-head-open attitude was pretty defining in my upbringing. (although my cousin did in fact crack his head open- nice work!)
We spent most of the year in Vermont, but I think of home and of family, it’s the lake every time.
(that’s my mom up there on the porch steps, my dad with the guitar, and me on the right with the floaties and my finger in my mouth)
I’ll spare you my list of memories, but I will tell you this:
After driving through the fields of honeysuckle, amish farms and vineyards, we arrived just in time to crack a beer and float around in the water before watching the sunset from the porch swing. My mom and I chatted while she stitched pillowcases and PJ read his book, and then we fell asleep in an iron-frame bed to the sound of lake waves and willow leaves. I woke up early, saw the bunnies still bounding around, and the ducklings still living at the grassy point. Our heights from 1986 are still penciled on the wall, notes from 1956 are still tacked on the inside of the tool cabinet.
Everything was exactly the same as it always had been, except I am no longer a kid, and everyone who once lived on the grove is gone. It’s hard letting go of a place you love, but embracing change seems to be one of life’s big lessons i suppose.
It kinda of always feels like summer in california, but being on the east coast, with the warm nights and sticky air made it REALLY feel like summer. To celebrate, I have a fun giveaway tomorrow so check back in to see what it is! Thanks for enjoying my happy place. xx