My summer always includes a book by Elin Hildebrand. I have a collection of her books that I display on my fireplace mantel at the start of the season, along with an old copy of Moby Dick (by Herman Melville) and Summer Sisters (by Judy Bloom) and This is The House (by Debroah Hill) that I picked up straight from the author who was selling a huge stack of them one summer in Cape Cod. Her copies had many mistakes, but the story was so good I didn’t care. In fact I liked reading it in the raw, it seemed more authentic. Off to the side of the mantel on the shelf, is “Moonlight Harvest: Haunted Cranberry Bogs of Cape Cod and Plymouth County” (by Edward Lodi). Oh my! The books of summer and Cape Cod! When summer comes I fall in love with Cape Cod all over again. It’s a place I will bring the family to for 2-3 nights to kick off the hot, long days of the season. We typically stay at a motel near Falmouth Center, where there are two pools, breakfast buffet, within walking distance to town and all the shops and ice cream. The kids are all teens now and appreciate the familiarity and conveinence of everything, which is why I am so torn to try something different. Hildebran often references a little island in her stories, off Nantucket, known as “Tuckernuck”. The island is historic, rugged, isolated. I would need to take a boat to Nantucket with the family, then from Nantucket to Tuckernuck, with bedding and food in tow, as the island rental suggests. For two nights, in an historic seafarers house, with stories told by the person who owns it, we could be experiencing the island’s timelessness, and surrounding nature, fully. It sits on a beach, where one can gather beautiful shells and colored stones. The cost for two nights is just a little under a full week’s vacation. For me, I would be living in one of Elin Hildebran’s novels. For my kids, I’m not sure what they would feel about it. “It sounds a little suspicious”, was my youngest daughter’s reply when I shared the possibility. They would have no electronics for a day, just pure CapeCod lure and a sandy beach. What would you do?
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I've enjoyed writing since the first grade, since my aunt gave me a journal so long ago to write in. Now I write to enjoy the moments. I write to stretch and share my thoughts. I write to connect and find calm. Raising three kids, three rabbits and two cats, with a school social work career, I need the daily refuge writing offers. The simple reflections allow for an abundance of memories to the hurried pace of life. View more posts