Up To My Neck In Water
This has been (to date) an unusually wonderful summer.
I don’t think I was in the lake as much last summer.
Herman tells me of these endless Monopoly games that he
and the other kids used to play at camp when they were
children. His memories of summer were often cool and damp,
so much so that every morning Herman’s father would
make a wood fire in their pot-bellied wood stove at camp.
stove still stands today, although it is outside as a
lawn ornament at Herman’s old camp. It had too many
rust spots and air holes to be a proper stove anymore.
I have nothing to complain about regarding this summer.
I was even up to my neck in the lake in mid August of
this year to keep cool. I don’t know the exact temperature
of the water, but I’m pretty sure it hovered around
usually brings me out in the lake in my manual chair to
keep cool. She doesn’t stop until I say so. We used
to have a plastic snow fence over the soft sand at the
beach to get me in the lake, but it wasn’t working
that well. One night when Terry was going to go shopping
for me for more fencing, she stopped at her neighbor Bill’s
house. She told him of her plans and he said he had some
garden fencing rolled up that he’d never used.
rolled out the vinyl covered wire fencing and it works
well according to both Terry and Herman. Actually we had
help from our neighbor, Joe Hilton, in unrolling the fencing
to support my wheelchair through the soft sand at the
beach edge. It went down easier and was a better support
than expected, according to Herman.
that it’s mid September, I’m not sure how
many water days I’ll have left. But I have to say
I’ve had as many this year as the past two or three
years put together. Even Herman has been outside in the
lake a lot this year. And that’s with his banged
up knee (which, by the way, is healing very well).
hope you guys have all enjoyed your summer as much as
I have. My “runway” out to deep water was
well used and I’m glad of it. Here’s hoping
you all have as good entries to your favorite spot.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com