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    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.

    That 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 80.

    Terry 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.

    Herman 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.

    Now 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).

    So I 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