The first question I ask you when you climb aboard our boat is: “Do you know how to swim?”
I know… awkward for the non-swimmers.
I don’t care what the answer is. I just need to know, so when you are flailing around in 100 feet of water, I can decide to rescue you or let you… flail around.
The scenario is a little different when the grandchildren come aboard. I know their skill level, and I know my daughter and her husband trust us unconditionally with them. With that said, you also need to know my husband is retired Navy, and I am all about fun. So I was a little concerned about the presentation…by that retired Navy guy, that we all know and love.
He said: “When you come aboard the boat we have rules, three rules.” The wide eyes told me, mom and dad said they need to be good listeners today. I knew they would, and I also knew they would HAVE to abide by these rules, to be safe.
Like them, I waited.
- You have to wear life jackets. The water is deep and you won’t be able to touch bottom.
- It is important to listen to me and Gramma all the time so we can keep you safe. The rules are different then at home.
- This last one is Gramma’s rule and the most important one. Are you ready? Simultaneous nods came from them, and me. He said: It is important that you HAVE FUN.
He nailed it. They laughed. I cried.
And they were promoted to the crew.
But there was something else I realized before our voyage today. While they enjoyed the chance to be a part of our adventure on Lake Pleasant, I wondered if they realized how lucky they are not to just be siblings, but to also be the best of friends.
Wind Kisses, Donna
Inspired by… Blue