Can I Have The Keys To The Cottage?

“Dad can I have the keys to the cottage?” Those were the words I heard this morning from my 19 year old daughter….ahem…wants to go to the cottage for a few days ….

I knew the day would come, don’t get me wrong, it’s just…well it’s just weird from my perspective as a father…but….I have to remind myself, I had keys to the cottage since I was about 11 years old. In fact I went down on the bus myself when I was 12 years old and of course many times more after that.

So…what can I say? I said yes, of course, in a way I am kind of glad that she is interested enough to want to go there, but on the other hand, it just seems kind of funny to see her go without me and her mother etc. Cottages are for family and she is certainly family, and it’s always been in my head that I would leave the place to the one or ones who show interest in it so here goes. Besides, it makes more sense to let her use the cottage than see her rent a cottage somewhere. Renting cottages can be a little on the expensive side.

Of course I gave her the usual cottage lecture about turning on the pump and the hot water, locking stuff up and so on. Make sure you lock up when you leave. Make sure you cut the grass if it needs it. If you are swimming don’t go out to far, the lake is high this year and it is deeper than you are used to. Don’t burn up all the firewood, and so on….turn off the pump and hot water when you leave….make sure the front door is locked and the windows all closed.

I know you are 19, but you’re still only a little girl to me……

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