Massabesic - American Indian name meaning place of much water.
Massabesic Lake, New Hampshire
There was a spare picnic table in the shade that afternoon so we grabbed it. Sitting there without a picnic was OK. The memories were all we needed. Memories of our small children, sticky fingers, Goldenrod ice cream dripping down chins from the overfilled cones, counting sailboats, perhaps wishing for a sailboat someday.
No swimming or paddling here, it's the city's drinking water source. It must be difficult not to sneak around to the far side of a distant island, dive in from your boat and just enjoy the calming water on a hot Summer day.
Bob grew up near this lake and recalled the days during his childhood when there was a shiny teak speed boat here - for a dollar or so, his father would take the boys on a 15 minute ride upon the hallowed waters.
Even that far back at the Goldenrod Restaurant, est. 1951, one could buy the best ice cream cone in town, then pop over to the nearby lake to enjoy a lazy afternoon.
Last week we bought our cones, maple walnut for Bob,
coffee for me, and sat here remembering how much my dear
mother-in-law loved this lake on Summer afternoons.