Baby come back

The windows in the cabin that look out over the lake are diamond crystal clear. The pollen that has fallen from the pines surrounding the cabin has been washed away. The grime that has been built up has been removed. The floors have been washed. The linens have been changed on all the beds. The flashlights will all have new batteries by next weekend.
Ontario has opened the rules regarding travel between provinces and our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter can now motor the 1800 km to visit us. This will be her first of what we hope will be many visits to the cabin on Rainy Lake.
Everything is being readied for the visit of our granddaughter. I doubt that she will notice how clean the cabin is. I expect that she will wonder what is going on in this new environment. Grandma has made arrangements for her to splash in the water of our neighbor’s beach. A small pool that her older cousin had enjoyed the past two years has been retrieved from under the cabin.
A tub of toys has also been found for her to play with. Some of her uncles’ old stuffed animals will find their way to the lake so she will have lots of friends with her in her bed. Our son’s toys that had been preserved in plastic tote boxes from their infant days have seen the light of day again. Who knew that an eight-month old granddaughter would create so much attention to house keeping?
A case of Pampers arrived from Amazon along with plastic bibs, spoons, dehydrated peanut butter and sippy cups that her parents did not want to pack. Grandma picked up apple sauce at the grocery store and is compiling a long list of groceries that will be purchased and arrive at the cabin over the next two weeks. The list of items that will make their way to the cabin will grow over the next two weeks and each item will be checked off on its arrival.
I still must vacuum the boat to remove all the pine needles and debris that has found its way onto the carpet this year. The seats will all have to be sanitized and everything wiped down at least one more time making sure that no “Covid” germs are to be found. I hope she is not startled by the sound of the boat motor, or frightened by a little bit of water spray when we travel to the island.
We wondered three months ago when we might see our grand daughter again and now, we can hardly wait to see her again. It is great that Canadians have worked hard to control the pandemic and that families can unite again. I hope that other families can reunite over the Canada Day holiday.