There is a lot of work to do to set up camp in the spring. The neighbours come by to visit and help, Hello, Greg! How is Pat doing?
Once the water is set up and the cobwebs swept away from the outhouse, and the food is put away and the beds are made, it is time to have a campfire.
Tom roasts some marshmallows and his mom and dad relax.
Then he goes to bed under the mosquito net, listening to the crackle of the fire outside. Lying there, he hears his mom and dad sitting on the porch, laughing and whispering. Tom feels happy.
Tomorrow he will go and play with his friends at the beach . He will go fishing on the lake. He will go for a walk with Koda and see the horses and the turkeys that live up the lane.
Tom closes his eyes. He hears some crickets and the loons. He hears the wind in the trees and the water from the lake lapping up against the old dock. He hears a screen door close and the night noises of his parents getting ready for bed.
The moon rises over the lake and a little light shines through the curtain onto his face. His mom peeks in. “Heʼs asleep,” she whispers.
The floorboards creak as she tiptoes back to her room and then everything is quiet.
Good night crickets good night mice good night Koda
good night fire good night fish and good night canoe
Good night stars good night loons and good night trees
Good night camp.