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Life on the dock.
posted: June 21, 2007
My mother’s house is smack dab on the side of a lake in a quaint little western New England village. She refers to it as SturBuffalo during the harsh winters when the lake has over 2 foot thick ice. But summers there are splendid.

The drive out there is just long enough to make you commit to a full day visit, whether anyone likes it or not. Once you’re out on her dock with it’s small armada of paddle boats, canoes, rowboats, inner tubes and oh yeah, a carbon fiber rowing shell (Mum is a rowing fanatic!) time slows to a crawl, and then before you know it, stops altogether. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat at the end of that dock fishing and floating with my kids for what seems like forever, and at the same time, just a fleeting moment.

Time stands still on the dock and that’s the way I like it.

Here’s a sketch I did last week of my son Liam, after several hours of swimming and catching fish. Probably the same fish over and over. It looked pretty tuckered out by the end of the day. The routine is usually fish for 10 minutes, swim for ten minutes, then repeat, and repeat…

 Liam is in the High Summer of his boyhood. His world is all about baseball, riding bikes, drawing, fishing, swimming, and hanging out with his Dad. I realize these days are numbered and the world with its endless fascinations will lead him onto his own exciting path. While I look forward to see what kind of man Liam will become, I’ll miss this particular time of his life.
My drawing reminded me of my favorite Andrew Wyeth painting, "Roasted Chestnuts". I relate to Wyeth's sense of time without neccesarily being nostalgic in his paintings....
4 comments
daveB June 21, 2007
great drawing dale. my family has vactioned in the catskills since I was around 9 and the week always started out so slow and then at some point speeded up and before we knew it we were back in the car heading home. Nancy and I are bringing Sophia up there in a few weeks for her very first va-ca.
Josh McKible June 21, 2007
nice evocation of a summer day... great portrait as well.
Tim O'Brien June 22, 2007
I have a very similar kind of summer thing here. Weekends at a lake, My wife and I love seeing how happy he is when he's there. Nice article Dale.
Peter Cusack June 22, 2007
What a beautiful post Dale! Really moving. Drawger at it's best. I've comeback to it a few times. The drawing is outstanding and I can surely see the connection between it and the Wyeth painting. The lake house sounds great.
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