I just finished reading a fantastical book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This next bit is kind of a spoiler, but I think you can still enjoy the book, very much so, even if you know this part.
At one point, the characters mention that they are caught in a loop. If you’ve seen Groundhog’s Day, you know the scenario. You have your day, and then, when you wake up, it’s the same day again. Everyone else you know and meet do the same things, but you have a memory of the previous day. The day loops over and over again.
That got me to wondering, if I could loop the same day for a whole year, what day in my life would it be?
I view my life in three parts. The first part of my life we can title, Childhood. This includes everything that happened before I met Lisa Marie. I was 24 years old when I met my wife. Yes, I was still pretty much a child at age 24. I think I’m about a juvenile now as far as maturity level goes.
If I could, the day from my childhood that I would loop is one of the days spent at Rock Lake up in Canada. For me, at least, that place was a boy’s paradise. To help you understand Rock Lake, just imagine pristine north woods wilderness. The four mile long lake is surrounded by towering oak, maple, and pine trees. The only area with cottages on it is a small sandy bay. When you get out on the lake, the wildlife is all around you. Loons calling out, Beavers slapping their tales if you get too close, Osprey soaring overhead.
My Aunt and Uncle still own the place up there, “Campada”, and I hope to one day bring my own children up there to experience what I have. I would choose to loop a warm summer day up on Rock Lake. Here’s what a typical day entailed.
I’d have to be with the best of company. My mom, dad, sister, and brother would be with me. Also up at camp would have to be my cousins. We all got along famously growing up.
That’s a picture of my cousin, Tim. He wasn’t having a great day fishing when we were up there, so we made sure to document the one fish that he did catch. My brother is behind him, fishing.
That’s me with a nice largemouth. To be honest, I’m not sure if I that one is up at Rock Lake, or at the secret ponds somewhere in Wisconsin. No, I can’t tell you were the secret ponds are! Stop asking.
The day would start with fishing. It’d probably just be my brother, my youngest cousin, The Admiral, so he could drive the boat, and myself. We’d catch plenty of largemouth and smallmouth bass like normal. After a couple hours, we’d return for breakfast. My favorite was Aunt Susie’s Egg McMommies. After filling my belly, it would be time to go down to the lake. Maybe I’d catch frogs and minnows with my sister. I could relax on the beach and chat with Mom. Maybe the cousins and my dad would go swimming or play king of the raft. Maybe Jeremy, Joe, or Tim would want to explore the woods or check out one of the islands on the lake. Then it’d be time for lunch. Of course we’d eat PB&J sandwiches and chase it with lemonade. Perhaps it would be time to take a boat ride to a 15 foot high cliff called Indianhead, climb up it and then jump off into the water, maybe play fetch with Butch the black lab, eat a fresh fish fry for dinner, go fishing until dark, play cards at night with my dad, brother, sister, and all my cousins. So many fun things to do. No worries. I’d could do over today 364 more times.
What day would you loop in your childhood. When was everything right with the world? Did you ever feel like you found magic right here on Earth? I did. I’ve found it several times, and I haven’t even got to the next two stages of my life yet. Another day, I’ll have to tell you about the second and third parts of my life. I call them, with Lisa Marie before kids, and with Lisa Marie after we had kids.