Because of all the water sports my family enjoys, the ritual of putting in the docks is of course the most important. For the last 25 years or so that job has landed on my husband and his brother. The one thing about putting the docks in place is that you want it done BEFORE the big trips to the cottage begin for the summer. That means COLD water.
This year the kids wanted to join in on the fun and get their hands dirty (well, wet at least). Now you know as well as I do, a child's idea of 'helping' can sometimes make the task more challenging and take longer. With the water SO cold (the first time I can EVER remember the guys donning wet suits) I wasn't sure how much 'help' they were going to be. I began to picture my husband's teeth chattering and his lips going blue as he patiently waited for the kids to 'help'.
There is a special pride in contributing and taking care of a place that means so much to us all, the kids felt that this weekend. In giving them small tasks we are teaching them skills, respect for the property, and showing them that just like in all of life, there is work to be done before we can play. In essence we are preparing the next generation to eventually take responsibility for our family cottage.
While they still won't be able to do many of these job themselves for a few years, the torch is slowly being passed and well all feel good about what that means for special family gathering place in the future.
A special thank you to my amazing sister-in-law for these photos!