15...I think that's why this year is so hard. We can all remember being 15. We can all remember our sophomore year of high school, who are friends were, how we filled our time. It has been hard to reconcile that Shannon didn't get to be 15.
But, our plan for this birthday of Shannon's was to spend it at Lake Hubert and invite my family for the weekend. Grandma & Papa Harkins and Eric, Jen Laurynn & Jack arrived Saturday, weathered 36 hours of howling north winds and October like temperatures, and finally today we were rewarded with sunshine and warmer temps.
We enjoyed coffee by the Shannon rock and shared stories of the day Shannon was born. We've all got great Shannon stories and memories of times together with the cousins. Those can bring a smile to our faces, albeit short lived.
Today brought the Lake-a-Thon: the Shannon invention that involves Olympic type events such as the crab walk, the flip flop distance kick, and, of course, tricks off the dock. Laurynn and Erin keep the tradition alive, and Jack throws his whole heart into the competition.
Jack was the big winner this year (again :) but the highlight of the day might have been Erin pulling out a front flip off the dock. This, of course, was enough to make me nervous, which was a part of Erin's master plan, no doubt. The Lake-a-Thon was a success, and it lives on for another year. Shannon's spirit in another form.