I also knew immediately I had to share the song with Dave because he lived it too. Hell, he's STILL living it and I'm just a wee bit jealous!
As a guest, Watervale has been part of my life since 1977 (and we still migrate there every August - just 69 days from today!!!!!), but I spent the summer of 1990 there on staff and it took on a whole new meaning for me. That summer can best be summed up with the slogan from the back of our staff t-shirts: "We died every morning, survived every afternoon, and lived every night!"
My cumulative years at Watervale are filled with many firsts:
- My first kiss
- My first alcoholic drink
- I first went to a beach fire at Watervale
- The first time I went skinny dipping
- I learned how to drive a stick-shift car at Watervale
- The first time I was offered pot (I just said no)
- I first saw the Northern Lights at late one night on the beach at Watervale
- I learned how to sail at Watervale
- The Bulls started their six-peat as NBA champs during my summer on staff at Watervale
- My first weekend road trip alone was to Watervale
- I really learned to cook at Watervale - I baked bread daily and creme brulee weekly, in addition to my regular salad making responsibilities
- My first and best drive-in experiences happened at Watervale
- And so many more . . .
Watervale has been part of my family's summer for probably close to 60 years and loved by 4 generations of Gardner's.
So at long last, here is the song that started this wonderful trip down memory lane . . . Oh, and it turns out that it's not by a friend from Watervale. It's "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock.