That's Life - August 31, 2022

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. It’s hard to believe that the summer months have passed us by and not without recording one of the hottest months of August ever. I realize it’s been hot before but I don’t recall it being so hot for so long.

When I was a kid my Grandparents lived in Drumheller. I recall attending my grandmother’s funeral in 1962. It was so hot my sister’s lipstick melted in its tube. When you’re eight years old, that’s funny stuff. Hey, it’s funny now.

So here we are heading into the final long weekend of the summer of 2022.

To me, this Labor Day weekend is magical. Remember, the first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, not Monday, August 29. I always felt sorry for the families who got stuck with the last two weeks of August for their summer holidays and ended up having to come home early so the kids could get back to school.

This year, if you played your cards right, you get to benefit from the later start. That’s gold to me.

My memories of Labor Days gone by are filled with boaters at Buffalo Lake plugging up the marina as they pulled their watercraft from the lake and closed up their cabins for another year

By Monday evening of the Labor Day weekend there would only be three or four boats left in the marina and mine was one of them. For the next six or seven weeks we enjoyed the best fishing and boating of the season.

As a matter of fact, after our first 15 years at our lake retreat we decided to do other things on long weekends because the tourists at the lake became a pain in the neck. Peace and quiet, that’s what we were looking for.

It has been more than 10 years since we sold our lake property and I’ll admit I really miss it.

But one thing is for sure I don’t miss the long weekends, and that’s a fact.

If you’re out and about this holiday weekend be sure to play it safe. Drowning in our Alberta lakes and rivers seems to make the news more often than not. If you drink or use cannabis, don’t drive. Do us all a big favour and “Bring them back alive.” That’s Life.