Ted and I are so excited. We have put out an open invitation to friends and family to come up and visit this summer, and the “Horton Hilton” is filling up fast.
July is pretty much filled up with immediate family – some coming earlier, some later, some in the middle – but hopefully they will ALL be there together for a few days. That’s the plan anyway. Children are so hard to pin down on dates and times – I know our parents felt the same way with us. With their busy work and social schedules, it is just about impossible to plan ahead. But, bless ‘um, they try hard to make BeeBe and Granddaddy happy by showing up in Michigan as a “clan”. They love the fact that they can truly relax (well, except for those iphones and blackberries they have glued to their ears all of the time) on the island.
I swear this year all electronic devices are going to mysteriously disappear five minutes after they arrive and miraculously be found five minutes before they leave. BeeBe has a plan on that.
We have family coming in from New Orleans the first week in June, and yesterday we found out that a couple of friends will be arriving mid-June and another couple the first week in August. What fun it will be to share our island with people who have never been there. I was trying to explain the feeling the island gives me to someone the other day. I had talked about it with another island resident last summer and about how I couldn’t wait to have folks up this summer so they could experience it. She said, “Well, some people will “get it” and some won’t have a clue.” I think it has to do with being able to let go of all that you have known – the speed in which we live our lives, the constant hassle of getting here and going there, the noise – you have to be able to let go of all that and just immerse yourself in the island. The first morning I work up at the Chippewa Hotel (where we stayed for 8 summers before buying) and the first sound I heard was the clip-clop of horses hooves coming down Main Street, I thought “this is what relaxation is all about – this is what we have forgotten can exist, this is what we long for in the deep, deep corners of our heart – peace, nature at its purest, a step back in time to a more restful way of living.” And maybe, like the island resident said, it’s not for everyone – but it sure is for Ted and I.