My parents recently moved intoÂ their dreamÂ retirementÂ get-away on a small island in the Puget Sound. While it’s far more than a cabin, the unfinished basement with it’s bunk beds and pool toys has a distinct “family cabin” feel. Here are some of the items that remind me of every family cabin I’ve ever been to — and each one fills me with nostalgic joy.
1. Signature Towels:Â To cut down on laundry, each kid has $7 towel from Walmart. If you picked Sponge Bob when you were 5, you’ll probably still be using that towel when you are 15.
2.Â Floating ToysÂ (with various abilities to remain inflated)
3. Coloring Book Pages: I’m sure these will still be affixed to the basement-kitchen walls when the scotch tape has long gone yellow with age.
4. Fishing Gear all tangled in the corner.
5. Shell Collections. I’m pretty sure these procreate when we aren’t looking. Currently the entire picnic table is covered with them.
6. Bottles in the Bathroom: Half-filled bottles of sunscreen, everyone’s preferred shampoo, and the pre-requisite sticky calamine lotion for the mosquito bites.
7. Flip Flops. A big basket of these is at every door. Good luck finding a pair in your size that hasn’t lost it’s mate.
8. Marshmallows. There’s a bag in the upstairs pantry, one in the basement kitchenette, and a third getting crow-pecked by the fire ring.
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