This is also the season of bright ideas. If the sun is shining and a child can remove nearly all of their clothing they will create themselves a fabulous Mark Twain, Huck Finn style adventure.
It is the memory that propels us to strap a canoe onto the roof of the van at a moments notice and drive a couple of adventure seekers to the water.
That's what we did this past long weekend for KJ and her friend. They wanted to paddle around, we had the time and live pretty close to the water so a last minute voyage request it pretty do-able. We indulged.
It used to be that a canoe trip meant Mike would be on the water with a couple of gigglers who dropped paddle by the 1/4 mile in favour of a free ride. The kids are getting older now and are growing ever more capable of unaccompanied adventures. In short they can paddle their own canoe but they still need us to get them to the water. Lucky for them Mike and I have loaded the boat enough times that we have shortened the half day affair of strapping the canoe to the van down to a pretty fluid 10 minute system of heave, hoist and tie down. It makes saying yes a little easier.
We got them to the water, we lifted the canoe off the van, we supplied them with all the safety equipment and we wished them a safe voyage.
...and they stood there looking at us.
Warm summer days are also a time of great learning.
On this day the girls learned that people will help you get to to water but if you are going to live out your adventure...
|You have to carry your own boat|
Gratitude today for awesome kids who are not affraid of a little adventure seeking.
Gratitude, Hope & Smiles are meant to be shared...enjoy your Sunday