Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lake Ronkonkama, New York

During my recovery from surgery, I looked through old pictures my mother left me before she passed on. Memories came flooding back when I saw one picture of the four of us at Lake Ronkonkama, Long Island, New York. I grew up in Oyster Bay until I was 12 when we headed west.
Every summer my parents would rent a row boat and my father would row the boat with us in it along the lake. I was surrounded by trees, beautiful old trees bursting with leaves that changed in the fall. We fed ducks and enjoyed the quiet of a lake filled with legends of Native American folk lore.
I never quite understood the legends when I was young, all I knew was my family was together experiencing a special quite moment. The feeling of togetherness is something I have kept with me all these years. I went on the internet and found the latest pictures and write up of the lake, but nothing trumps the family feelings I remember.

Enjoy the rest of summer and build memories with your family.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Family holiday

When I was young the evening fireworks on the Fourth of July were spectacular! I so enjoyed the colors, the lights and the big BANG that shook the ground we stood on. I remember, my brother and I running after Fireflies in New York, jumping up to catch them as they lit the night. Our back yard barbecue was also much anticipated with hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on the grill. And that potato salad my mom made…wonderful.
How great it is to have wonderful memories to keep of special days with family and friends. The purpose of this holiday often whizzed by me. I guess it wasn’t until I reached High School that I truly understood the reason for the celebration.

                                                  Enjoy your 4th