Friday, March 18, 2011
On Knife Lake
It's a poor scan, but here is the photograph Brian Lanker took of me after our canoeing odyssey in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota's North Woods. We were there to visit the legendary Dorothy Molter, a former nurse who had spent 50 years living on the otherwise uninhabited lake islands near the Canadian border. This was in 1983. Looking at this image now, remembering when it was taken, I feel quietly blown away. It really was another life. And in 20 more years the days I am living now, the happy, heart-clutching organized chaos of getting my children launched, will seem like the poignant echo of another life as well.