Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Rapscallions -- Kian and Ayla





My nephew and niece, Kian and Ayla, deserve their own blog entry. I've always been glad that we were able to grow up in place as beautiful as McCall, Idaho. I think we learned most of what formed us (my brother and I as well as the rest of the family). We learned the value of Grandma's cooking, Grampa's thinking, family dinners with always room for one more, being neighborly, returning something borrowed in better condition than when you received it, hard work, the time it takes to pick a gallon of huckleberries, and most of all the ability to just sit in the evening and gaze on the lake and mountains -- there always seemed to be a big white cumulus cloud over the mountain peaks that would slowly turn pink as the late summer light faded. It was always a treat to watch the moon peak over Jug Handle Mountain and then light the night with a white path of light across the lake. It was and is a magical existence.

Well, back to Kian and Ayla. I am glad that they are able to spend time in McCall and learn of all its magic, secrets, and beauty. They have both passed the dock to dock swimming test which allows life jackets to be taken off for good. They've fished off the dock, swam like minnows for days -- always with the intent of getting me into the water -- eaten breakfast on the dock, and learned the value in saying goodbye to the lake and saying thank you for a wonderful time.

So, to many more lake visits Kian and Ayla! And let's not forget the dogs, Toby, Calvin, and Mojo!

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