This blog has a purpose. The Red Door Journal is an opportunity to share our story in hopes of providing a glimpse into the real perils of partition. It happened to us and it can happen to you. It's a sad story of loss but it is also an opportunity for anyone with a cottage they love to take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening to them.
The cottage is a haven. We go to "get away". To relax, enjoy old traditions, renew old friendships, savor the smell of our childhoods, connect with our history and generally enjoy the magic. The distant (or not so distant) rumblings of family discord are set aside, ignored or buried. The attitude of "it won't happen to us" or, "we'll deal with it later" won't protect you when the time comes and it does come. It will come.
We sincerely hope that the message doesn't become buried in the mired muck of this mess. It's natural to want to identify the evil doer and point fingers. The facts of the matter, we are all to blame. We all failed to plan. We were not innocent bystanders in any way. We simply failed to plan. Start planning now. The magic wand of Lakeside won't make it go away.