In Praise of Older Cabins
The North Woods Summer Tradition and the Age of Simplicity
By Shawn Lawrence Otto | Jun 11, 2011 | Comments (8)
There is something about summer, lakes and cabins that calls to children of all ages. The cool, shadowy, calm mornings like today's (above), or the fun, hot splashy summer afternoons in the waves.
Unlike many folks who invested in what amount to second executive homes on a lake somewhere, we prefer an old-fashioned style: a log cabin, hand-built in the 1930s with old 9-pane windows scavenged from an old high school long gone that swing up and hook to the ceiling. No TV. Books and jigsaw puzzles and campfires with s'mores and a slamming screen door and a hot loft for the kids and filthy bare feet and sandy stairs down through the pines to the lake.
Like past owners, who we are fortunate to know, we mark our boy's increasing height once yearly on the door jamb. The place seems like these experiences are endemic to it; that they will still be here, happening to other occupants, after we are gone.
There is something about nature, simplicity, and old surroundings that puts you in the perspective of time passing and the Earth. These are ideas that don't come when one's house is new, one's things are new, one's neighborhood is new.
Tags: Fun Stuff, Family