This was my third trip to O My Extended Family’s cabin on the North shore of Minnesota. This time I think I really got it. I don’t know exactly what it was that I got, but something clicked into gear this time and made me truly appreciated just what happens up there.
People happen. Sure there’s really good food and things to do like jumping off of rock walls onto rivers and 4th of July parades complete with antique cars, but its not about those things. Those things are just things. And really the parade is all of 3 minutes long and most of the time it isn’t warm enough to swim in the river but we still go every year.
The surroundings are more beautiful than they are entertaining, which is good. It means we are there to enjoy the people and not the things.
And goodness gracious are they enjoyable. All 24 of them.
The girls are energetic and enthusiastic. The guys are goofy and do things like sleep outside in tents when everyone else is inside safely away from the bears (and yes there are bears. and wolves. O my). The men spent longer fishing than I spend sleeping in a given night. The women, we talk. And talk. And love on the babies. And talk. (And talk.)
I think we would spend vacation in the middle of an infested swamp if we got to spend it with these people, this family. Of course it doesn’t hurt that we spend it here: