On Golden Pond
(Otherwise known as On Fishhawk Lake!)
Kate Hepburn dancing in the woods, singing and kicking up her heels....opening up a musty old cabin to let the sun shine in...enjoying every single moment that she is staying on Golden Pond, well, it just doesn't get any more perfect.
Katherine, Kate is also a redhead, and also being a redhead, it was a no-brainer that this would be my movie choice. My dear heroine, who goes from protecting her crusty-old husband from himself,
to bolstering everyone around her,
lets the sun shine on their musty-old selves when needing renewal, loves the sounds of the loons, the misty-cold mornings, and getting out on Golden Pond.
She even gathers up her husband when he's gotten hurt while fishing with a young boy who really needs to escape urbania.
I just love EVERYTHING about this movie start-to-finish, at such a deep level.
This is me to a T!
She never loses her connection to her childlike awe of the simple things; a birdcall, the sun glistening on the water, a slow rowboat ride and the love of a good man in a tender moment.
Coming to this place keeps her young and it revives old glories, gives her renewed energy....and sharing this with everyone around her is key, too. The movie also shows what childhood memories can do to serve you in the future, whether pleasant or not-so-much.
Growing up in this small Golden Pond community, spending every summer here, gives one a lifetime of memories that molds a good soul for the future and for future generations. Sharing these experiences of learning how to fish, swim, dive and "run a boat" are very simple pleasures
but can create bonds with family, and the woodsy, lake surroundings can help one form a sense of quietness in one's being when going back to that place again and again whether physically or simply tapping into childhood memories.
I have found my Golden Pond on Fishhawk Lake. The very first time that I circled the lake with my husband,
it felt like I was coming home in the very truest sense of the word. It tapped into the layers of summer memories of going to the Thousand Islands with my family year after year
(my dad in our old boathouse showing the pike he caught on the St. Lawrence River )
and the joys of being on the water of the St. Lawrence and being outside for hours upon hours, digging for worms to go fishing, or walking through the woods to go to my Granny's cottage, smelling that pungent sweet earthen smell that the soft-wood floor would offer to the discerning nose.
To be able to introduce families to the potential of creating their own cache of lake stories to pass onto their children and grandchildren and friends is one of the greatest gifts I can think of in my "work" at Fishhawk Lake. There is something so romantic and nostalgic about a cabin on a lake and when clients call me with this dreamy vision of this, I totally get it!!
It could be the calmness of water that quells the noise inside them,
or the need to bring their children to a place far removed from technical gadgets to view salamanders,
hike in the woods with the family dog or just sit on a deck and listen to the sounds of a day on a lake.
This movie captures and encompasses my spirit, my work, my life and all the joys and challenges that come with life, getting older and enjoying every moment of each day with awe!
(Entry for Roger Mucci's Be The Star of Your Own Movie contest...thanks, Roger!)