Virginia Weston grew up on Cotton Lake in Minnesota.
This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded by the Minnesota Humanities Center for their We Are Water MN initiative, an outgrowth of our national traveling exhibition "Water/Ways."
"When I was a kid in junior high and senior high, my grandparents had a cottage on Cotton Lake." She went there to go fishing and swimming and to have fun. "We would fish out in the middle of the lake . . . It's an awesome lake. But in a lot of ways, living here as long as I have, the lakes have become rather mundane."