Today I love the warming water of the bay. I love that I was in swimming yesterday and that it was not just jumping in and seeing how quickly I could get out again. I love how I have been swimming in this water every year for most of my life. I love how big it is. I love how there are islands in my view that for some reason make it look bigger than if all there is to see is a horizon. I love that when I think back on my life as a teenager and young adult I always wondered what it would be like to own a cottage on the bay and now I know and I laugh about it because it’s like owning any piece of property that costs money … but there’s water. I love being near or in or on the water so much that even standing on our floating dock makes me happy. I love that I looked up the website of the company that made our dock and they have an outboard motor mount for it and that made me laugh because I started imagining people motoring up and down the bay on their docks. I love that I now want a motor mount on our dock so we can go visiting on the bay.
Today I love Monday at the cottage, even though we have to pack up and head home today. I love that there are big plans to spend a week here coming up soon. I love that our neighbor two doors down the shore has a Hobie Cat and takes his grandchildren out on the water. I love how fast that little boat seems to go. I love the smell of breakfast cooking, no matter whose turn it is to cook breakfast. I love how the burned up lawn smells like a hay field and triggers happy memories of working on the farm as a young boy.
Today I love freshly made oatmeal with diced mango in it. I love the solid look of the bluff across the bay, that isn’t going anywhere soon, maybe in a few thousand years it will level out a little. I love the plans to bring the tool trailer to the cottage for a weekend and just fix and repair things all weekend long with only a few breaks for swimming and eating and kayaking and reading and talking by the water.
Today I love drinking coffee on the shore while I watch the islands floating on the horizon of our bay to see how much they move today … not much it seems, they must be well anchored.