I can still remember my first summer on Tancook in almost startling detail – it was literally the best summer of my whole life (so I’m pretty determined not to forget any of it). It was filled with long walks in the warm sun and gentle breeze along the smooth dirt roads, trips to the beach to collect sea glass and other treasures, many boating trips to the various surrounding islands to explore, yarns (that’s a great long chat if you’re not familiar) with so many great people in so many different places (Neil’s Basement, the back of a pickup truck, the beach, the wharf waiting for the ferry to get in….just about everywhere), beach fires under the sky peppered with a million bright stars, hours spent reading in the hammock, and endless other adventures.
With this in mind (and with the popularity of our last post together), I asked our island school teacher Ms. S to see if the kids would write about their plans for summer vacation, and here’s what I can only assume they’ve been up to so far this summer:
“This summer I will make crab traps. It is made with a tin can and a string. I will play in my tree fort.” – Jacob Levy (Grade 1)
“This summer I will go swimming and fishing . I will go looking for tadpoles. I can explore Dad’s barn. We climb the ladder. It is high. I will go in my boat. – Hans Cross (Grade 2)
“This summer I will go swimming just about every day and go crab trapping. I will have bon fires on the beach and go looking for frogs and tadpoles. When I go out boating I will be going out in my Dad’s zodiac or in someone’s fishing boat. – Zachary Moncion (Grade 5)
“This summer I will go looking for snakes, toads, and frogs. I will also go crab trapping. My Dad will take me to islands on his boat. When you crab trap you can use an apple juice can or you can make one out of lobster trap parts. I will go to the pig roast and use boats and eat pig. Every Saturday I will go over to Bonny and Neil’s to make homemade ice cream.” – Dylan Baker (Grade 4)
“This summer I will ride my bike up and down the road. I will go to the beach and get beach glass and go swimming. On the wharf I will go fishing and get fish and eat them. We have beach bonfires and roasts. Sometimes we make crab castles and I make crab mobiles out of crab shells. We make sand castles. At the sand flats we make cool deep holes and play. In the woods we eat snacks and I drink tea and make cool fairy houses. I have a really cool backwoods with lots of swings and a hammock and even a chicken coop with 2 chickens and 10 baby chicks.” – Rhiannon Dionne (Grade 2)
“This summer I will go to the beach and play with my friends. I might go to bonfires. Also I go crab trapping with a baitbox. There is a pig roast in August I go to. At the Pig Roast there is a water trampoline and an inner tube 10 or 20 feet out in the water. Some of my friends only come down in the Summer like Jackson and Isabelle. There is going to be an exciting baseball game. There are mudflats that come out when the tide is low. I go out and make deep holes or castles in the mudflats. Sometimes I skip stones and seashells. The seashells I use are scallop shells. The most skips in a row I ever got were 9 or 10 in a row.” – Zachary Dionne (Grade 4)
“This summer I will go hunting for snakes. Maybe go high diving off the government wharf with my wetsuit. I also could trap some crabs with bait holders or tin cans. I also like to go fishing off the government wharf. One of the things I like doing the most is playing catapulting with my friend Dylan. It’s where we take turns launching each other with a catapult we made.” – Ezra Mendel (Grade 3)
“This summer I will be skipping rocks, beach glass collecting, buoy bouncing, and Tancook exploring” – Kyle Moncion
“This summer I will go to the beach. I will swim and go in my dingy boat.” – Claudia Cross (Grade Primary)
“This summer I will go to the beach. My mom and I will go the beach and find rocks and shells. I will go to the pig roast. – Mariasha Pulliam-Mendel (Grade Primary)
I think these plans sound pretty great! The common thread seems to be a keen interest in crab trapping, which I had to have my boyfriend explain to me…city kids don’t crab trap. Apparently it’s a pretty exciting thing, and has something to do with baiting crabs into cans and trapping them (and then releasing them of course). I think I’m going to have to see if someone will show me how this is done – I think I may have missed something growing up.
Otherwise, I’m with Dylan and the rest of the crew most Saturday afternoon’s in Neil’s Basement making and eating delicious hand-cranked ice cream (what a treat!). I also love beach fires and collecting beach glass in the summer. I should remind Zachary (and anyone else who’s interested) that the big community baseball game in support of our island first response team is this Sunday. Also, the Pig Roast is just a few weeks away (August 20th – that is). The only thing I don’t think I’ll be doing this summer is catching snakes with Dylan and Ezra…not really my thing…sorry boys!
Anyways, a big thanks to the students of Big Tancook Island Elementary for sending along their plans, and my apologies that this has taken some time to go up…the summer has simply gotten away from me…
Newsflash (to the kids – and parents alike)! It’s August already…you’ll soon need to start getting ready to go back to school *gasp*.
Your Island Girl,