In the late 1950's my grandfather bought several acres of undeveloped land on the Bruce Peninsula. His brother (my great uncle) was a traveling hardware salesman and spoke of a beautiful little town he often visited. It wasn't long before my great uncle had bought some land and his brother, my grandfather, had followed suit. And, the legacy of a family cottage that would see generations into the future was born.
My parents were both school teachers and so we had the entire summer to spend at the cottage. All of my summer time memories revolve around the cottage, the Niagara Escarpment and the crystal, clear waters of Georgian Bay. Such fabulous memories as swimming in the bay at two o'clock each and every weekday afternoon with my Great Aunt Velma. After we swam together, my aunt and I would relax on her 'sandy beach' and warm up in the sun. My aunt would read a book or do a crossword puzzle, and I would either play in the sand or read a book as well. Life was simply wonderful during those childhood summers.
Now, I get to take my own children to the cottage every summer for two weeks. Things have changed a bit over time, yet somehow they stay the same. During our two week stay, the kids are unplugged from video games, iPods, internet and even television. The cottage has a telephone, so we can stay in touch, but that phone is rotary dial. (Cell phones work if standing in the middle of the road.)
I often wonder if my grandfather had any idea what he was starting when he purchased the land and built his simple little cottage over sixty years ago?
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