This story comes to us from Deborah of Muskegon, Michigan. She writes: “My first sight of Lake Michigan was when I was 18 years old. The joy of the day, peacefulness, the sunset, the light on the water, I could never have known at that time at what pivotal points in my life I would come to depend and look forward to my visits to the ‘Lake.'”
Here is Deborah’s story:
I remember my first visit to Lake Michigan. I was 18 years old. I had never seen anything like it. I had gone with a friend of mine, we had so much fun and then the sun started to set and I remember the overwhelming peacefulness, the light on the water changing hues, the sunset. It was beautiful and seemed to sum up the day. It was my first visit, but never did I suspect what a pivotal role it would have in my life. Who would have known at that time that I would sometimes not only look forward to these visits, but depend on them as well?
It was at Lake Michigan when after proposing marriage to me that my then fiancé ran down the dune and ended up tumbling head over heels with our picnic basket in hand, then finally on his feet a few feet from the water called up to me on the dune, “Nothing fell out of the basket!”
As my husband, he spent the day at the lake climbing the frozen ice the day I went into labor for our first daughter.
It’s where we would take our young children to play as we stood between them and the big lake while they enjoyed the waves near the shore. It’s our choice for exercise as we walk the beach with or without our children.
It’s where I go when the day’s problems seem to be overwhelming. I am reminded by the waves reaching the changing shore that as with all things that tomorrow is a new day and whatever is happening today is only temporary.
We go just to have fun with family, feeding the ducks, spending time on the shore or in the water, a picnic, a sandcastle, watching a storm come in, awesome experiences if you really open your eyes and see.
Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story, Deborah. Sounds like it was love at first sight!