Monday, August 22, 2011

roughing it

I'm going to tell you a little secret, it's not very exciting but something many of you don't know about me. >> I love to write! << I know what you are thinking...."um, isn't that why you have a blog?" Well, yes but the truth of the matter is that I have not been using it the way I intended. 

While on my mini vacation last weekend I did a little bit of soul searching and started writing again. I didn't get very far because it was an emotional piece but I have decided to share some of it with you. 


Tiger Cat Lake
Roughing It.
by Vanessa Hotchkiss

At least that’s what we used to call it. When going up north to Tiger Cat lake meant sleeping in tents or my grandparents’ old camper. Running water and bathrooms were luxuries we didn’t take for granted and our dinners were eaten out on the picnic table. A picnic table placed just outside the old bunkhouse where we used to keep fresh worms in a small refrigerator.

We’d spend afternoons down by the dock with a bucket of those worms and fishing poles made out of cane. My grandmother would sit in her lawn chair silently reading one of her stories and congratulating us on our catch. Bluegill and Perch, they may have been small but left lasting memories to pass on to my children. 

Those days are gone just like the man who taught us all about roughing it. He was a tall and slender man who was brilliant with his words and stern with his teaching. He was my grandfather. I can remember the silly games we'd play and how he taught me many things about life by giving me a fishing pole. I miss those days as they have been taken over by grand houses, paved roads, showers! 

The old smell of dirt and trees is still there and the sounds of the Loons are still sung every night, but where the old green camper used to stand is now a little oak tree. I'm happy about the tree but sad for the loss of what it really meant to go up north and rough it.  

It probably isn't very good but it comes from the heart. Something that makes me happy and I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading it!

NOTE: This is an original work by me. Please do not re-post without my permission. Thank you. 

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