Did you have a happy Fathers’ Day yesterday? The celebration of our youngest’s 25th birthday, known around these parts as “Quarter of a Century WOL” (Joel) fell on Fathers’ Day this year, so we had all sorts of fun, including an afternoon with Brianna and Dan the Fan Man (from his baby days), accompanied by Sam the Fan Man (Dan’s “Elephant Child,” who has his father’s ‘satiable curiosities)
for dinner after church, swimming and boating in the lake,and blissfully topped off by Stephen’s arrival from Rochester for a week’s vacay. All in all, I’d say it was a fantabulous weekend, starting out with the wedding celebration of Sudeep and
Ginseng (aka Jen Singh, but the names sound just the same), and a wonderful canoe trip down the Rogue River. Just in case you live in the GR area and haven’t spent a couple of hours canoeing down the Rogue River yet, I have to say, it is a really great experience.
(This dragon fly caught a ride on my knee!) We rented a canoe and a kayak from AAA Canoe Rental in Rockford and had an outstanding time, but if you’re on a limited budget (as we were all the years our brood of seven were growing up), you can also just float down the river one of the old-fashioned ways, on inner tubes, rafts, or whatever you have on hand… the way we used to float down the Huron River when we lived in Ann Arbor.The Rogue River is short and sweet, but cool enough to attract trout fishermen. It flows gently for 48 miles from Rice Lake to the Grand River, and ends (for rafting purposes) at the Rockford Dam —which makes a fantastic lunch spot— either for picnicking or for restauranting! The Rogue River is intertwined with the White Pine Trail at times
(great for biking and hiking), and last weekend the banks were edged with ferns graced at times with forget-me-nots, wild roses, and wild irises. It was about 90° out, but the river was shady and cool… perfect weather for comfy paddling! Although the river is typically just 1-4 feet deep, there are deeper areas and holes up to 15-feet deep,so little guys and non-swimmers should definitely wear life jackets, but those of us long used to water sports found it the perfect way
to spend an unencumbered, celebratory summer morning. While we were paddling down the river,
I had names on the brain, because I was still smiling over the fact that my dear friend’s daughter had just given up her maiden name and now bears a name that sounds for all the world like “ginseng,” which I think is wonderful because of all the positive and healing associations with that lovely herb!
The Rogue River, on the other hand, got cheated, wouldn’t you say?? 😦It was originally named the Rouge River, but a Wisconsin mapmaker
muffed the spelling nearly 200 years ago, transposing the “u” and “g,”
and the new name stuck. Funny how such small changes, like transposed letters,
can make such a big difference in meaning! Rouge is French for red in English,but “Rogue” conjures up images of something shallow,
untrustworthy, and deceptive! Jen’s maiden name means “blessed”
and is rooted in the order of the Benedictine monks. To go from “blessed” to a “healing” seems fine, but to go from “rouge” (blushing, healthy…the picture of youthful goodness)to “rogue” (vagabond) seems like a bad deal to me!
Did you know that God offers each of us a new name? How do you feel about yourself? Would you like a new name? A new start? God wants all of us to be his children and take on His name…a name that will bring out the very best in each of us! Do you have your new name yet?“As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it” (Revelation 2:17).
(All photos taken last weekend in our home, at the wedding, and along the Rogue River.)