Sounds from the dock

 Ah….. It is 8:30 p.m. and I’m finally sitting down for the first time today. I’m wrapped in a blanket, with a cup of lemon tea at my side, as I sit on the dock and watch the sun begin to set behind a beautiful mass of purple-grey clouds.  The waves are lazily lapping against the dock and along the shoreline and an occasional boat slows down as it enters the marina for the night. The boys have kayaked into the marina for their nightly garbage disposal, so I’m alone to enjoy this moment.


As I reflect on the day, I’m pleased with the number of activities that we were able to take part in. Even though the day started with a downpour, I was still able to make the long trek to the marina and back, picking up some dew worms.  Upon my return, my son and I decided to try our luck at fishing off the dock.

As the day went on, the skies cleared up and the lake became picture perfect for wakeboarding and tubing. What a thrill!  I had forgotten how much I enjoy that sport.

Then back to the camp for the evening meal preparation and clean-up.

Now, as I sit on the dock, I hear a loon in the distance and a reply from its mate. The skies are turning a deeper purple and I think we’re in for another downpour.  How thankful I am for the afternoon sunshine!

The call of the loon reminds me of the movie, “On Golden Pond”.  Katharine Hepburn is my all time favourite actress. I love her combination of strength and femininity all in one. I can recall sitting in the theatre in 1981 and laughing and crying throughout the movie.


It’s interesting how sounds can trigger memories of all sorts.

What are the sounds that will trigger positive memories for your students this year?

One thought on “Sounds from the dock

  1. With three weeks to go until the halls are filled with the voices of our students I have been thinking about this a lot. I have spent a lot of time listening to the dialogue between my own three kids this summer (my eldest just finished her first year of FDK) and here are a few of the things I hear that I hope to hear in September….
    Let’s try to work on that together
    You did it…that is awesome
    Why does the …. (water keep disappearing from the hole I dug other sand)
    What do you think we will find (at the beach today?)
    Let’s take turns
    Thank you for listening to me – I was pleasantly shocked by this one, love FDK
    Keep trying, you are almost there
    Look, I just completed…( the puzzle)
    Can we learn more about (the rain) today
    The problem in the book is….what is the solution
    From my picture walk I think….

    The great thing about this is that my twins are two and they are learning so much from their sister. I think if we all take time to listen to what is being said around us we will be amazed at what everyone in our school community has to say everyday.

    Sometimes when I am out I just love to people watch. At school I love to watch and listen, I
    learn so much everyday from the students and my colleagues.

    Thanks for your post, I loved reflecting on our cottage time nd thinking about the year ahead.

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