It was Finley’s idea. Out of the blue she asked, “Can we go to the beach to blow bubbles?”
Mind you, it’s January. Not July.
But more importantly, she thought to head to Brighton Beach rather than step out our door for this typically backyard activity.
This is why we moved here, leaving family, friends, and a tenured position in Wisconsin.
Tim and I often say, “We want to raise our kids in Duluth because of its natural beauty and access to the outdoors.” Specifically, we hope our children feel appreciation for, awe of, and connection to nature as part of their everyday experience.
The lake —no doubt— offers endless opportunities to foster these feelings.
And on this day, Finley at 5 years old, was drawn to its shores of her own accord.
The sun was unseasonably warm on our faces. The slushy water mesmerized us as it lapped the rocky shore. And we were together.
I’m not sure what her childhood memories will be made of, but this outing will stay with me as a memorable moment of these fleeting years.
Thank you, Lake Superior.
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