August 9, 2022
At this time of year, most Canadians relish an invitation to the cottage, but not Marg Heidebrecht: the Dundas, Ont., resident finds the rules of the cottage – when to wake, what chores to perform, what card games to play, who buys the food – the exact opposite of relaxing. And so, when she’s offered an invite to visit a friend’s cottage, Heidebrecht always declines: “A close friend takes no offence; after several summers of listening while I fumble with excuses, she simply says, ‘Give me a shout if you change your mind,’” Heidebrecht writes in her First Person essay this week. “She smiles when I reply, ‘Okay,’ because we both know I won’t.”

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