For all you lake lovers out there – and even those who aren’t – here’s a must-read. Catherine McMullen, associate professor of English, had her essay “How to Close the Cabin: An Instruction Manual” recently published by The Huffington Post.
“Do this in October, the later the better, or in early November if you dare risk first freeze,” she writes in the opening. “None of this traditional, wimpy closing on Labor Day, for you know the lake saves its treasures for late fall, when the mosquitoes are absent and other lake people have gone back to town.”
And lest you think this essay is only about the lake, take a moment to relish your own memories of family and traditions.
“Dust the shelves. Dust the frames of all the family photos on the wall: Three generations of kids and grandkids, all standing on the same spot on the same old dock, all hoisting strings of little fish, all wearing huge grins. Sit down a minute. Exhale. Look at the photo of your father by the dock, taken just weeks before he died,” McMullen writes.
To read McMullen's entire essay, visit The Huffington Post.