Weekly Photo Challenge: This week, show us where your heart is.
It’s very interesting that The Daily Post chose the topic of “local” this week and especially today. I took Friday off from work and have spent most of it in my hometown of Waupaca – reliving my youth, finding roots and doing a little local shopping.
The picture for this challenge was taken at the beach on Shadow Lake, where I spent the majority of Wisconsin summers growing up, over forty years ago. The sand is still there, the two trees are still there and I swear that’s the same dock and slide that I used as a child…before I was old enough to swim out to the “big dock” and jump off the “high dive.” These were the days before 30+ SPF suntan lotion and the worry over skin cancer. I used lotion regularly, but tended to look like the highly tanned Coppertone missy with the demarcation lines. I was a sun worshipper.
The railing was not there forty years ago. I’m not sure of the sense of this since the sand comes right up to the concrete walkway. It’s not like someone is going to fall and break an ankle or a hip. It didn’t seem to go with the rest of the decor. The old, ramshackle smells-like-wet-sand-and-swimsuit shower facility has been replaced by a modern brick building, although I imagine some of the odors remain.
Even though it’s autumn and the beach is closed for about seven months, it felt good to stand at the edge of the sand and bring forth memories of a carefree youth on summer break. Those memories and a bright yellow sun warmed the soul.
I’ll have another post soon to share the rest of the photographs and story of going “home.” Stay tuned.