a place called cornelius

The summer was shorts and sandals. Trying to fish an alligator out of Lake Norman – Jo swore she saw it on the boat slip. Billy swore he’d catch it.

A Cape Cod with a white picket fence. A lawn, mowed before we rolled out of bed.

Speed boats. Jet skis and clear blue. That little strip of motorway that cuts it all in half. The man who drove his boat clear across it – the Urban myth.

We spent hours not playing golf. In wide-open warm.

Bone idle relaxation. A party at a Lineman’s house.

Muddy water coves where drunks got drunker and tried not to drown. We went there too. When they weren’t around. When we looked awful from exercise sweat and couldn’t be bothered. But drunks are clever at finding places where you go to not be bothered.

Dissertations left undone. A trunk full of wet towels and sand. Two girls I haven’t seen since. One I’ve seen only twice.

It wasn’t a yacht on the Mediterranean. But it was good.

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  • anne
    Jun 23, 2006 at 14:27

    It sounds excellent…

  • Andrea
    Jun 23, 2006 at 14:29

    My parents have a house on Lake Norman…I lived there for awhile–it’s awesome! They still go there a lot during the summer but since I live out of state I never get to see it anymore 🙁 So sad!

  • Buffy
    Jun 23, 2006 at 14:45

    Andrea….Small world!

    My brother still lives there. Will be headed there myself in August (enough of this Mancunian Summer). I love it.

  • Lynn
    Jun 23, 2006 at 18:59

    I spend hours not golfing every time I visit my parents–they live on a golf course. Your post reminded me of family vacations.

  • CeCe
    Jun 23, 2006 at 19:56

    Its always those small vacations that count, those are the ones that leave the best memories add liquor to the mix and you have enought info to write a book

  • Andrea
    Jun 23, 2006 at 20:47

    Even smaller…I’ll be there in August as well for my bridal shower/bachelorette weekend.

  • Cowgirl
    Jun 23, 2006 at 20:58

    Hi Buffy. Thanks for visiting my blog…Wow? I was just getting stuff off of my chest.

    You can write! I’ll have to come back and check more of it out.

  • Amy K
    Jun 23, 2006 at 23:38

    “dissertations left undone…”
    I love this line.

  • joey
    Jun 24, 2006 at 4:02

    great post, once again. i was just writing a post about what summer means to me. still working on it.

  • dan flynn
    Jun 24, 2006 at 5:38


    Didn’t Jay Gatsby once have a place near there? You posh thing you.


  • sage
    Jun 25, 2006 at 1:50

    Is that Lake Norman in NC? I use to live just upsteam, not far from the Catawba River.

  • Buffy
    Jun 25, 2006 at 9:05

    Sage….Yes it is. Not too far from Charlotte. I know Catawba as well. I have a cousin there.

  • Elizabeth
    Jun 25, 2006 at 21:29

    Family houses are the best! We used to have a place on a bluff above Big Bear Lake in California. My son and I spent our summers there every year. It was sad when my parents finally felt they couldn’t keep it up and sold it. It was like losing an old friend.