My parents and grandparents built the cottage in Georgian Bay where my family still summers, now that the border has reopened to allow the 200,000 some Americans who summer in Canada to cross.

Still larger is the group of 400,000 some Canadians who winter in the U.S. We are very intertwined countries. One thing we have in common is an abiding respect for “DIY,” doing it yourself. Even though the generations following my grandparents are more able to bring city devices to the cottage, many of us continue to bake our own bread, fix our own cottages and boats, pick our own blueberries, and catch our own fish.

Judy Young is a retired United Methodist pastor and a member of the Green Gettysburg book club.

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