E.B. White's "Once More To The Lake" .

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In E.B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake," the narrator is reminded of his own childhood vacations to the lakeside camp with his family during a return trip with his son. Revisiting the lake and watching his son perform the same activities he once did leads to a series of memories he holds with his father. One day while fishing on the lake, White was watching his son toy with a fly that was sitting on the tip of his rod. He had an overwhelming sense of dizziness since this was the same thing he had done as a child. White did not know if he was the child or the adult at that moment in time (127, par. 5). White's father allowed him to examine the meanings and truths of nature by letting him have the freedom to analyze the world surrounding him. For example, White says, "As always, I was the first one awake, dressing softly so as not to wake the others, and sneak out into the sweet outdoors and start out in the canoe, keeping close to shore in the long shadows of the pines. I remembered being very careful never to rub my paddle against the gunwale for fear of disturbing the stillness of the cathedral" (126, par. 2). I can relate to White's essay because my parents allowed me to experience a worry free childhood with the freedom to explore nature and be adventurous during our summer vacations at Laurel Lake, Millville NJ.I can recollect attending boat races at the lake with my family during Labor Day weekends. My parents would set up our beach towels on the beach while my siblings and I would jump around with excitement, listening to the sound of the boat engines roaring. We knew when the races were about to begin when the boats lined up one by one, revving their motors in anticipation to arouse the crowd. Everyone would stand for a better view from the beach. When the races started, my family and I would cheer and applaud each rider while we would submerge ourselves in the lake, waiting for the warm smooth waves from the boats to push us to shore. During intermission, I would wander off by the dam hoping to find baby turtles and frogs. I would also look for these transparent green, blue and white glass-like rocks that the lake had created through the years. However, in the middle of my search, my sisters and brother would camouflage themselves in the bush and frighten me by making noises from the movie Friday the 13th. When the sounds of a new race began, we would gather on our beach towels and embrace each other, feeling good, peaceful and loved.After the boat races were over, we would embark on a race of our own. My family and I would ride our dirt bikes and mopeds along the dirt roads through the woods that surrounded our house. The smell of the woods was an unforgettable scent of fresh clean air and pine wood. We always sang a particular song named, "Cool Rider," that we would scream in competition to who could blare out the loudest lyrics. As the sun started to set during our ride, we would observe the glorious pink and blue heavens,...

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