Washington Island, Wisconsin -
Summer is winding down and vacationing families have headed home, or are considering doing so, in time for the start of school and related activities.
In the patch of woods between driveway and Detroit Harbor our grandsons built a clubhouse, or fort, depending on who asks, beyond adult eyes but not too far away from Gramma's kitchen and refrigerator.
Atlas, at 8, is the oldest, a self-appointed leader. Then come the rest of the pirates: Aidan, 5 3/4; Magnus, 3 3/4; and Zander, 3 1/4. When you are six or three years old, halves and quarters make a great deal of difference.
Among the first things to go up were the Club "Ruls" posted by Atlas, shown above:
1. No crazinese
2. follow derekchens
It would be well to post such rules in the halls of Congress, though they might cause just as much confusion as the Constitution.
|Atlas adds decoration|
to the clubhouse
|Cleaning out the club house, L to R:|
Atlas, Magnus, Aidan, Zander
Here's to summer and being a kid.
- Dick Purinton
*** Since publishing, I've had to correct three of the boys' ages. Atlas is currently 8. Zander is 3 1/4, not 3 1/2, and Aidan is 5 3/4, soon to be six.
Additional Note: I haven't been absent, just working on other things, including editing an interview with an island citizen for publication here in the near future. - DP