Three boys on the beach

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By Jill Pertler

They were splashing in the waisthigh water of the lake. Boisterous and loud. Three boys on either side of about 10 years old – if my estimate was accurate. I sat on the dock, observing from a distance. The sun shone from behind a splattering of light cloud cover in the otherwise blue sky.

The wind blew steadily – stronger than usual – cooling the warm summer air, causing waves and even a few whitecaps on the lake. For once I could watch without the responsibility for maintaining safety in the water. These boys reminded me of my own and their energy was familiar but they themselves were not.

 

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