|Can you see their fort on the back and their two little heads just below the flag?|
I watched the parents and kids ashore working on it. Oddly, the kids just didn't seem all that interested. I told Tom "I don't think the boys are grasping the fact that this boat.....their boat means freedom for them. Big time freedom." The parents on the other hand, completely understood that this boat means freedom for their boys and thus, freedom for them. Tom agreed.
They completed the repairs late afternoon the next day and the maiden voyage took place. Life jackets on, the two little boys piled in to their dinghy with oldest at the helm and took off. Mom and dad gave chase in their motorized dinghy snapping pics and video and giving little bits of advice....although not much. Come on, these are cruising kids. They can sail circles around most of us. We watched with big smiles on our faces. It clicked. The boys finally understood that this little boat means HUGE freedom for them. You could almost feel the freedom in the air.
The next morning, bright and early I climbed up into the cockpit to see the oldest boy already sitting in the dinghy - just hanging out as it floated tied up behind their catamaran. Freedom indeed! Later that morning we were ashore and spotted the sailing dinghy tied up at the dock. A short time later, dad and the oldest boy came along and stopped to say hello and chat. We congratulated them on the new dinghy. Both just grinned. Then they departed. The boy hopped into his sailing dinghy alone and took off for the mother ship. Dad took his time and eventually followed along in the motorized dinghy. After lunch the boys took off again by themselves in their dinghy. This time dad followed along for a bit and then returned to the catamaran, leaving the boys free to explore the huge Man of War Bay. Of course I could see him keeping a watchful eye from their cockpit but the freedom was flowing as sure as the tide.
*I didn't take any pics of the boys sailing their dinghy. It was too kewl to witness to ruin with pics. Plus I didn't want to be the creepy lady in the anchorage snapping pics of little boys.