It was one of those days, a day made more poignant by my awareness of summer drawing to a close. By way of marking this transition, my husband and I decided to spend time at a friend’s home on Lake Winnepesaukee and were rewarded by the sight of sparkling water, the laughter of children, and a soft breeze filling the air. We arrived just in time to embark upon our friends’ honored family tradition, the nightly sunset cruise. Immediately, I was struck by the intergenerational ease and the order as five dogs, seven adults, and six kids boarded the boat.
Observing the family, I was drawn to seventeen year old Charlie. You know, one of those kids who grabs you with sweetness and charming good looks, a kid who is poised on the threshold between innocence and adulthood. As I watched Charlie’s attentiveness to everyone around him, I noticed that in spite of his shyness and soft demeanor, he exhibited a palpable quiet confidence. Charlie, quick on the uptake as he prevented disaster by stopping one of the dogs from jumping into the boat as it was pulling away from the dock; Charlie, teasing his sister and cousins playfully, Charlie, offering drinks to everyone on board, and helping his grandmother navigate Face Book. Then later, Charlie clearing the table after dinner, loading the dishwasher, bringing the candlelit cake into the dining room, as we celebrated his grandfather’s 80th birthday. Read more ›