I’ll admit it. I’m spoiled. When I was in school, the last day of school meant we had to pack up our things and head to our family lake home for the summer. I know! Poor me! But as a teenager, being away from my friends all summer was the last thing I wanted to do. I can hear my parents saying, “we drove you back home all the time in the summer,” and yes, they are right. We did come home often, but we did spend a lot of time in Shell Knob on Table Rock Lake.
While the teenage me did not love the idea of being in the middle of no where all summer, the adult me misses those days. When you are in the middle of no where, guess who you have to hang out with: your family.
The lake is not for everyone. It’s dirty, and this year was especially muddy because of all the flooding. There are weird creatures swimming in the water with you, but they won’t bother you. It can be a little nerve-wracking having little ones around the water, but once they get used to wearing a life jacket at all times, it is less worrisome (my one year old is still trying to get used to this whole life jacket thing, so that was a big challenge this summer).
If the lake isn’t for you, that is fine. Just find your place! Find a place that you can go and reconnect with your friends and family. Find a place where your kids are surrounded by people that adore them and they can be a kid—get dirty, use their imagination, put down all screens and PLAY!
Now that I am a momma, I am so thankful for those days that I was forced to play outside and hang out with my family and friends that grew to become family. I am extremely thankful my babies get to experience fun filled days jumping off the dock, falling asleep on the boat and eating a yummy dinner on the porch overlooking Table Rock.
Find your place. Find a place where
you everyone can put down the phone, step away from the tv, computer and ipad and be together. Even it is just for a few hours, take the time to reconnect with your family and give your kids the opportunity to be loved on and to play with their brothers/sisters/ aunts/uncles/grandparents/ YOU!
For me, that place is Table Rock Lake. Find your Table Rock.