Water – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
February 21st, 2012 by Jessica

Week #29 – Water. Do you have any memories of the sea or another body of water? Did you live there or just visit? What did you do there? You can also describe a body of water by which you live or visit in the present day.

When I think of water, I think of Mio.  My Mom lived up north in Mio and I visited her most summers.  We used to swim a lot at Loon Lake, and float down the Ausable River on intertubes or canoes.

When I got my braces off, the doctor gave me a retainer but I was too cool to wear it most of the time.  I lost it in Loon Lake while visiting my mother for the summer.  We searched everywhere in the lake that I had been, but we couldn’t find it.  I did this also with my glasses one time; I also lost those in Loon Lake.  Both of these items, my mother came back and found the next day.  How she found them I have no idea, but she did.  My retainer, after being salvaged from the bottom of Loon Lake, was soon lost again when it dropped from my pocket while coming home from the Mio Saloon one day.  When my mom came home from work she had no way to know that she parked her car on top of it in the driveway.  A few days went by, and then she noticed it in the driveway.  We later calculated that she had driven over it six or seven times.  By this time it was it was a twisted piece of metal with two small pieces of broken pink plastic.  I don’t think her or my dad was very happy with me, but when you’re 10 you don’t realize the repercussions of your actions.

Boat Launch at the Ausable River

Boat Launch at the Ausable River

Floating down the Ausable was always an adventure.  It was a few miles from one boat launch to the next.  We would get dropped off by a van in Mio and float together for a few hours until the next launch, where a van would be waiting for us to bring us back home.  I distinctly remember my sister being scared of the Pike fish in the river because somebody told her they bite!  She was afraid one was going to reach up and chomp her in the ass through the intertube.  I also remember crashing into the side of the river on multiple occasions, usually into an overhanging tree that would dump spiders on my head.  I got sunburned to the extreme floating down the Ausable.  We didn’t use sunscreen in those days, or wear hats or sunglasses.  Thinking back, the whole thing was mostly stupid and dangerous, but I was just doing what Mom told me to do.

I had an opportunity in middle school to accompany one of my friends, Jennifer Naegele, with her family on a boat out on Lake Michigan.  We went out for a few short hours one Saturday and that was more than enough for me.  I was terrified of being out on open water in a tiny little boat.  The waves made me extremely seasick.  I didn’t like that trip at all!

My encounters with water today are basically limited to crossing the Hoover Dam.  “Hey look, there’s the water line!  Boy is it low.”  That’s about as close to water as we get.

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