Labor day is always the “last” cottage weekend of the summer. Once school starts and activities are in full swing, there usually isn’t a free weekend to go there. That is part of the reason we’ve had it up for sale. It’s getting harder and harder to get there with the kids schedules, and it’s expensive to keep it for just 6 weekends out of the year. It’s still tough though. We’ve had great times, and I’ve no doubt my kids best memories will come from that place. We got the offer on Thursday and accepted it Friday. It was perfect timing in that we knew we had one last weekend to squeak out every bit of fun we could! So, what do you do when you know it’s your last weekend at your cottage?
You play in the driveway while the adults hang out on the front steps.
You fill every bed in the house with your friends and party all night!
You have a pillow fight, because you don’t own this place anymore anyways so who cares?
You microwave a bar of soap. Doesn’t everyone do that?
You definitely tube and kneeboard with every combination of kids possible(grown woman may have gone too but there are no pictures to prove it, such a shame…not).
You take advantage of the beautiful setting, and 3 beautiful girls ready for a wedding, to take some pics.
Before you know it, it’s time to pack up. You realize that you will only come back to clear out everything in the house. Never again will it be filled with the love and joy you’ve come to expect from that gathering house. You think of the opportunities for new experiences you will have now without the burden of this house. You try it make it okay. You take your last pictures…
Then you walk away…
And get in your car.
As you drive away you realize it really is okay. Everything that made it what it was, is in the car with you. It’s all still there, and it’s not changing that much after all. It will just look a little different from now on.
We stopped to visit grandma on the way out. She’s back in the nursing center at her place and she’s working hard to get out of there. She wants to get back to her apartment and we want her to also. Her sweet friends want her back too. They visit her and bring her treats!
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful visit.