"Today I want a bag of Mikesells potato chips - a good bag has a touch more salt, big light-colored chips that pop when your lips meet them; a warm piece of sharp cheddar cheese, an ice-cold Coca Cola in a bottle in my hand as I am surrounded by the smell of boat fuel, mahogany wood and Tennessee lake water lapping at my feet. I'm wriggling my toes off the back, watching the sheen of a little oil glimmer like a skin on the blue-green. I'll even take the tinge of must kicked up when I grab my damp lifejacket from under the seat. I love the sound of vinyl pulling off of wood. Dick Pope Juniors sliding across the side - careful not to scratch. The distinct smack a ski makes when it hits the water just right and glides to its master. The chatter of my family ... who's skiing first? Don't drip on me! Can I drive? There's a knot in the rope. Put the cooler lid down. Prop clear? Grab the handle...knees bent, skis up up....HIT IT!"
-Amy Gustin Allen
Photo by Teresa Cooper