We are lucky to have a family cottage at a beautiful lake in Wisconsin. We consider it our second home. A wonderful neighborhood full of kids and families. The pace of life that permeates your days is what makes this place so special. Our children run outside all day and you know they are safe. A day usually consists of coffee, a dog walk, a stretch on the pier, maybe an early morning dip to wash off the fog of the night before. Then a run or walk around the perimeter of the lake. The majority of the day is spent floating on tubes or skiing behind your boat.
Conveniently located next to one of the best race courses, Road America, the surrounding area is home to many who appreciate the zip of a race care or vintage roadster. Surrounding our lake is 3 miles of curving, undulating, climbing roads which beg even the most cautious driver to have a heavy foot. Unfortunately, many of the homes are mere feet from the roads edge and it proves dangerous for anyone trying to run or walk around the lake.
This summer one of the residents wisely create a “slow down, people at play” sign. At first I saw it for its function to remind people that these fun driving roads are also the paths for people’s leisure activities, but by the end of my 3 miles I saw it in a whole other light. A reminder that here, people know how to slow down. Adults begin to play. Life takes on a whole new sweetness of pleasure. Beer is colder, the sun is warmer and the laughter fills your soul to depths you didn’t know existed.
This is why we consider this home. A place where our spirits bloom and our mind and body is rejuvenated. A place where play is the only thing on the schedule.
I wish this for everyone this holiday weekend because play is what life is about, especially for those of us trying to live the time we have to the fullest. No matter where you are this weekend, remember to slow down and take time to play.