Everyone looks forward to summer, especially the kids.
On the final day of school they are so looking forward to two whole months of freedom. Some parents also look forward to some downtime from the hustle and bustle of schedules, especially making lunches, the one chore that is universally disliked.
Bring on the hot lunch days every day, please. Once they start high school, they can make their own lunch, purchase from the cafeteria or walk down the street to Subway.
My youngest child is already counting down the days until school starts. I keep telling her that she better start doing something real good, then. No more wasting the days away sleeping until 11 and watching TV in the dark basement with her sister until midnight.
Weekends at the lake are always something to look forward to, spending time with our lake friends we usually only see from May to October. Owning a cottage offers the privilege of meeting people from all over the city as well as other parts of Canada, the USA and the world, something that may not happen otherwise.
There have been many relationships that have begun from lake encounters, some short, others long-term marriages. The whole concept is really pretty interesting. We had a visitor from Los Angeles last summer, who caught his very first fish ever, right off the dock. It’s a memory that he will never forget and a moment that makes us feel good to be able to offer.
The kids enjoy jumping off the dock (over and over again), fishing, tubing, kayaking, catching minnows, water fights, sleeping in tents and camp fires. The adults enjoy the fact that the kids are having fun and especially the part where the kids have forgotten about their electronic devices. We still have another nine or 10 weekends to make the best of our lake privilege.
There are many people who don’t understand why us "lake people" can’t attend that birthday party or anniversary dinner on Saturday. A person just has to experience it to know that summer is short and we have to make the most of it, similar to the two months of freedom from school.
I have noticed that there are more people on the streets walking around, talking to each other and attending the various community events. The Transcona Centennial Square has a variety of things for the whole family to check out.
The dancing fountain in the evening is really pretty, the Thursday night movies, market garden on Thursday and Saturday, and I am sure the Friday night concert series are great too (sorry I can’t go). Teenagers are walking about in groups, searching for something or someone. Soccer, baseball and football fields are constantly active.
There is generally a great summertime feel. So get out there and enjoy your community and all the adventure it has to offer.
Louise Hedman is a community correspondent for Transcona.