Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Little Piece of Home.

I returned this weekend from the most beautiful place on Earth, "My Happy Place," Echo Lake, MT. The place that holds more memories and emotions for me than any other place in the world. When I was a kid, in the summer we would retreat from the Canadian weather and live at the cabin on the lake. To this day, talking weather temperature is still a little confusing for me. I only comprehend Centigrade when describing cold winter temperatures and Fahrenheit for hot summer weather. Odd, I know.
As a child, I would sleep in my swimsuit, wake to the smell of hot cakes and bacon, eat only because I HAD to and was out the door and into the water. I would swim and float until my mom would drag me out, blue lipped and chattering.
In my teens, the lake was still a place of solace and adventure. Instead of spending my days swimming, it was cruising in the boat looking for cute boys and floating on the water lathered in baby oil for the perfect tan. It was also a haven during the difficult summer before starting high school. An American school with the same number of students as my home town's whole population!
Now, that I am an adult, I get just as much satisfaction watching my daughters take on my "fish-like" attributes. I still strive for the best tan possible and instead of searching for the cutest boy, I bring him with me. This last trip I found myself not being able to take in deep enough breaths to take in all that the air there holds for me. The beauty, the tranquility, the memories and the love. When I am forced back into the "real world" and things get difficult, I close my eyes, I smell the hot cakes, feel the cool of the lake and go to my "Happy Place," I go HOME.

12 comments:

Beckie said...

Oh Daina! You captured it perfectly! What an amazing talent you have.

Shannon said...

That sounds and looks amazing.
I love in the summertime when kids can pretty much live in their swimsuits.

Nichole said...

So beautiful...all your wonderful memories. We all need a place like that.

Leslie Behunin said...

I'd call that A Little Piece of HEAVEN! I wish I had a place like that for my kids to have those same kinds of memories/feelings/attachment about. Beautiful.

Kristen said...

{sigh}

Will said...

Oh man I miss that place! :(

Melissa said...

I really got to get either my family or Mikes to get somewhere like this. A constant place to go and make new and lasting memories. Great picture with a lot of feeling! Good work girl!

Daina Crowell said...

Thanks you guys! I'm not gonna lie, there is nothing I love more than a little comment love :)

Will said...

by the way I put some pictures of me at the lake on my blog!

Anonymous said...

AMEN to that!! Beautiful picture.

Tanya said...

You couldn't have said it better... You have such a talent!

Rachael said...

Love that post. Your writing is just as beautiful as the photo.