Once More To The Lake

A journey back to your childhood play spot can be quite an experience. Especially when you now assume the role of the father that often took you there as a child and now you bring your son with you on the same journey.

The man

As a child, the main character spent many days on the lake, either playing with the wildlife around it, or fishing with his dad on a boat. He encounters a bit of an identity crisis, where he cant properly identify himself as a boy or a man, as a result of the memories sparked by this revisiting.

He is also bothered by the presence of technology on the lake now compared to the way he remembered it as a boy. He somehow finds that this taints his image of the lake and would possibly prefer if they were not present. This is a bit of a contradiction since in the same memories, he remembers the engine on his boat quite fondly.

The boy

His son, about the same age as he was when he enjoyed spending time at the lake, was fishing, holding his rod and looking at the fly on the water in silence. As he observes the boy, he find himself in the boy’s position, holding the rod and somehow loses the ability to distinguish between the two.

He also realizes that, despite the disturbances caused by all the technology now present on the lake, nothing has changed. His son is able to experience the joy of the location just as he did. This makes him realize that experiences are permanent, while everything else can change.

His thoughts on death

In all his musings, he eventually comes to the conclusion that his death must be near. His father is no longer around and he has now assumed the very same role that his father did when he was boy. He concludes that this must mean that each life is insignificant, nothing more than a step towards an eventual future. This allows him to let go of his ego and accept his fate as a fragile being, simply playing the role as lives transition from one into the other.

Our lives are precious and short, though they may seem unending at first. It is important that we find ways of extracting value from our existence and do more than simply pass time with insignificant acts on a daily basis.