In Minnesota, It's More Than Just A Lake
Lifestyle

In Minnesota, It's More Than Just A Lake

It's a part of all of us.

48
Emma Enebak

The sky was a perfect gold as the sun slowly began to sink towards the water. The air was light, breezy, and comforting as guests found their seats in the old church. A beautiful blonde bride cascaded down the aisle in delicate off-white satin. Ahead stood her soon-to-be husband, and just behind him lay a glistening blue lake that could be glimpsed through the stained glass windows.

This bride had lived on the bustling streets of New York City, had fallen in love with the beaches of Mexico, had glimpsed the lights of Times Square in December, and yet, here she was on the biggest day of her life, on the shore of a small lake in Northern Minnesota. Many were confused exactly why this happened to be the dream venue. It didn't seem quite right for a girl with such big city dreams. But what they didn't understand was that this was not just any lake.

Not at all.

Being born and raised in Minnesota means that there is basically some form of a lake everywhere I turn. It also means my childhood unfolded on the back of a pontoon or being thrown off an inflatable tube into the clear blue water. There was nothing that made me happier as a child than knowing we would be taking a trip to our cabin, about three hours north on Gull Lake. The lake where my parents got married. I had seen nearly every photo that existed of their magical white wedding on Gull. My mother slipping off her heels and running across the dock in her delicate white dress. Her and her bridesmaids looking out at the blue waters as the sun began to set, painting the lake in a purplish-pink. It was always my fantasy to someday get married there as well.

It seems as though this water is sacred ground for us. The place where my friends and I feel the most connected. Where we will surely always return, even into adulthood. Where the stars always seem to shine the brightest and clearest. Where we would catch fireflies off the dock and sometimes fall in. Where we told our deepest and most precious secrets. It was where I dropped my friendship bracelet off the pontoon into the bottom of the lake and nearly cried. But when I think about it today, I'm glad I dropped it. It means a mark of us will be there, at the very bottom.

The mark of all of us is mixed up in those crystal waters, and I'm sure it will only continue for generations. It's the place where we always wish we could be. Where when we're not there, we feel a certain type of longing for it. I'm sure it's difficult for non-Minnesotans to understand how a lake can hold so much of our lives. But I suppose you'd have to see it to understand. See the fairytale wedding unfold across the dock. See us jumping off the boat in 80-degree weather. See the luminous purple sunsets that paint the water in pastels. And see the tiny beaded bracelet at the bottom of the lake that connects us to its waters. Forever.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Everyone remembers the first time they went to one of the Disney parks. Spinning in teacups and having Goofy wrap his arms around my 8-year-old self were some of my fondest childhood memories, and I'm surely not alone in that.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less

Now that college is around the corner for most if not all young adults, students once shook by a pandemic now have to shift their focus on achieving their career goals. As if we thought we had it together already! As an NYC girl, I have always seen myself as a hustler, hungry to advance my career in journalism by having one skill: working hard.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 BBQ Essentials Every Vegan Should Bring To Avoid Summer Cookout FOMO

You'll have your whole family drooling when you bring these goodies over too.

All vegetarians and vegans can relate when I say this: summer barbecues aren't fun when there's nothing you can eat.

Keep Reading... Show less

Kourtney Kardashian has decided to leave "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" after nearly 14 years and although we saw this coming, it breaks our heart that she won't be there to make us laugh with her infamous attitude and hilarious one-liners.

Kourtney is leaving the show because it was taking up too much of her life and it was a "toxic environment" for her.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

We Asked You How You Felt About Resuming 'Normal' Activities, And Some Of Your Answers Shocked Us

The New York Times asked 511 epidemiologists when they'd feel comfortable doing "normal" activities again, considering COVID-19. We asked our peers the same thing, for science.

Last month, the New York Times surveyed about 500 epidemiologists asking about their comfort level with certain activities once deemed normal — socializing with friends, going to the doctor, bringing in the mail. That's all well and good for the experts, but they are a very niche group, not the majority of the population. What do "normal" people feel safe doing? In certain states, we've seen how comfortable everyone is with everything (looking at you, Florida), but we wanted to know where Odyssey's readers fell on the comfort scale. Are they sticking with the epidemiologists who won't be attending a wedding for another year, or are they storming the sunny beaches as soon as possible?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments