Aberdeen Smiles July 2017

July 2017

Aleaha Fettig, DDS Valerie Drake, DDS

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Family Fun on Lake Sakakawea Our Annual Lakeside Get-Togethers

Since I’ve moved back to Aberdeen, summer seems more special than ever. As you all know, around here it takes a long time for the sun to start consistently showing its face, especially after the brutal winter we had. But once the constant chill lifts, the warm weather is irresistible, as it invites you to get outside, drop your line in the water, or go to the driving range. I love the whole season, but my summer appreciation reaches its peak on the Fourth when my extended family and I head to Lake Sakakawea to relax and catch up for the week. Everybody crams into my family’s old lakeside cabin, which we’ve owned for over 30 years, or next door at my aunt and uncle’s. We end up with 15 or 20 people milling around, swimming, and hanging out in the sunshine. Though I’m not sure I’d call it an annual family reunion, it’s definitely the closest thing my family has to one! Besides being a lot of fun, these get-togethers are usually the one time a year I get to see my cousins. They come from North Carolina, Dallas, and all over the country for our annual July getaway. These days, a lot of us have kids: My sister has three, and my cousins have six. It’s a powerful thing to reconvene in this special place in the midst of the lives we’ve all built for ourselves. When we’re not chatting, there’s a lot to do. Inevitably, the kids will convince someone to take them out on the boat and speed them around on a flimsy inner tube. As for ourselves, we take turns out in the setting sun, jig fishing off the boat for the abundant, delicious walleye. When we go out fishing on the lake, we’re almost guaranteed to catch dinner. My dad is an avid angler and has an uncanny knack for tracking them down.

“The sound of the water lapping against the shore, boat motors reverberating over the lightly rippled surface — these things retain their emotional power even after decades have passed.”

Every time I come back to the lake for the Fourth, I also return to my childhood. Though the area has changed a lot, with dozens of new developments moving in and the modernization of the town, the feeling it gives me is, in many ways,

the same. The sound of the water lapping against the shore, boat motors reverberating over the lightly rippled surface — these things retain their emotional power even after decades have passed. Mostly, I’m just grateful that my family and I have this time set aside every year to see each other and take stock of the good things in life. When we were little, we almost never went on big vacations — our vacation took place every summer weekend on Lake Sakakawea. Who knew that I’d be returning there every year for all this time?

— Dr. Aleaha Fettig

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