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At the cottage
May 30, 2004
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The kids down at Highcroft, my mom told us, refer to
Dead Man's Beach between Summer Home Park and Hilton
Campground as Bad Man's Beach. Whether this is the result
of some well-intentioned correction made by overly protective
mothers or merely a blip in hearing, passed
down through the ages -- on their side or ours --
we may never know. But the difference
raised another question for my mom: "How and when did we
stop calling it the "cottage" and the "landing" and
begin calling it the "cabin" and the "dock."
We didn't know, but she thought it was our generation because,
as she and Aunt Claire had agreed, her generation would not have
been so rebellious as to change those New England names.
"I think I stopped calling it the cottage," I confessed, "because I don't
like cottage cheese."