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If the date at the end of this piece is to be believed, I finalized the last revision in July of ’94. As of today that would be 27 years ago. Of course,I began work on it years before that, so let’s say it’s been 30 years or so since I began fleshing out a rough outline. Not that I had any formal plan before I started. It just sort of evolved. It grew into a 21,300+ word document that, even so, did not completely encompass those summer excursions that occupied and possessed my young life.The memories that I have of that place and time are as sharp now as when I started. But I wanted to make sure that my “sense” of it didn’t cloud over with time. I needn’t have feared. It is as fresh and alive today as it was when I was a child. I can still smell the lake and the sand, the cedars and the waving fields of corn. I can see the gulls overhead and the sleepy cattle nodding by the river bank. I can hear the squeals of young children at the beach, car horns honking and the waves crashing against the break wall surrounding the harbour. I can taste the ice cream from the up-town dairy and the chips from the shop down at the beach.
It’s still there for me – and for those who might share that long-ago experience, I present this.
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