Many people celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by decorating family graves and honoring servicemen and servicewomen, as is so very appropriate. The weekend is often used for family gatherings and picnics, and many choose to “go to the lake,” wherever that might be, and enjoy a weekend get-away.
We took the opportunity to utilize a cabin at Grand Lake and enjoyed a little family time and a lot of relaxation time. The cabin was actually an older 3 bed, 2 bath home on a cove in the Duck Creek area. The lake could be seen from the patio and a boat dock was just a short walk down the sloping lawn. All the comforts of home plus a great location!
Two of our grandsons were in the same area, visiting their other grandparents, so the granddads and boys had some fishing time at the boat dock. While most of the time seemed to be spent untangling fishing line and no fish were caught, it was obvious that they all had a good time being together. Yes, it does tend to make one nervous when a four-year-old is standing on the edge of the dock, playing with the worms that were supposed to be bait, not pets, but there were no mishaps.
Much of our time was spent on drives, reminiscing about growing-up experiences in northeast Oklahoma. One side trip took us over the Grand River Dam and the spillways beyond, where the rain-swollen lake produced quite a show as it rushed through the open gates of the spillway.
On another drive we wound up following a side road to the Boy Scout camp that had played an important part in Jim’s life as a boy. It was a bittersweet trip, though, when the vital camp turned out to be closed and in deteriorating condition, obviously not used for some time. But oh, the memories it has provided for years!
They say “You can’t go back!” Well, you can, but you must be prepared to see change – sometimes it’s an improvement, but it isn’t that unusual for the changes to demonstrate that we’ve grown older, our memories embellished over time.
They still make us smile…