August brings to mind long summer days in my childhood spent at my Aunt’s (Evelyn Elizabeth Downs Piper) cottage on the shore of Lake Madison in South Dakota. Although the cottage remains in the family, many years have passed since those idyllic days spent reading, cooking, playing canasta and napping on the screened porch. Planning to spend the month ahead at home, I have created bits of cottage style to transport my mind back to the lake and to loved ones who surrounded me there.
the Piper family circa 1931
the Piper family – December 26, 1946
As the big event in our lives is fast approaching with all the excitement and endless lists, I am dreaming of:
…unique to Martha’s Vineyard and reflected in the very way of life.
my definition of Island Time: life at a different pace; slow, relaxed, of another era
Perhaps experienced in a nearly 400 year old salt box reminiscent of a time that, at least from this perspective, seems simpler and more secure
…if the day has turned chilly, a bright fire in the dining room
and a dreamy bed to fall into whenever you choose to end your day.
Or, if you find yourself in the cottage across the field,
with the matriarch of the family sitting at the bow window…..
anxiously waiting to hear of your sailing exploits on the pond,
as you long for a nap in the quiet of an upstairs bedroom.
Simply dreaming of these wonderful times and places slows the heart rate and calms the soul.