I first fell in love with the lake when I was 10.
In fact, it was one of the only lakes that I ever really went to; 9 summers straight. Lake Meta was my place where there were no worries. Breathing was easy. Thinking was light. The only stress I had was if I was going to sail back into shore fast enough to be first for grilled cheese.
As time went on, returning to Lake Meta was no longer an option, however, my love for being on the lake remained. This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Green Lake, WI where my friend has a house. I am lucky she is my friend (for many reasons, but today we will focus on her lakehouse.)
To look out of the kitchen and see the lake sparkling in the sun is a sight to see. To eat lunch on the dock hovering over the calm waves is as serene as it gets. And to sit around a fire with a glass (or three) of wine with some of your closest friends is too picturesque.
Now don’t get me wrong, we didn’t sit around and hold hands while singing Kumbaya. We still had beers in hand as we laughed at the ones who went tubing. Watched some messed up documentaries on Netflix, and ate so much it was unhealthy.
But the beauty in all of this, is that we were able to experience and do it all. And that’s what I think the lake does for you. Gives you a moment to slow down, appreciate the ones you’re with, and just enjoy the calmness of life; even if it is just for a weekend.
It’s not often that in our busy lives do we find the time to simply think, and even more simply, enjoy. Everytime I go on a boat and I’m cruising down some lake (reserve the front of the boat for me please. I prefer to feel like I’m flying. Insert Jack & Rose scene from Titanic here.) I’m always just so happy.
I needed that this weekend. I think we all need that.
What I would do to be 10 again.