He likes to remind me we had a boat once upon a time, and then I remind him that was thirteen! years ago, and also we kept that boat in a marina where the owners hired actual dock boys. Boys who had also grown up around boats and who grabbed the lines without so much as batting an eye as you were pulling in and who tied those lines to cleats without missing a beat and who pulled you forward and pushed you away and put fuel in the tank and ice in the cooler and now I'm that boy.
So I thought today I'd share a few thoughts on my new assignment and on boating in general and since it's Thursday let's make it a nice even thirteen.
1. First things first. Boat hair. It's a thing y'all and the struggle is real.
2. I'm going to take far too many pictures of sunlight on the water, sunsets on the water, the water, the sun, and you get the idea.
3. When you live in a swim suit it takes real skill not to be photographed in said swim suit.
4. Since first launching from our own lift a little over a week ago we've taken about five excursions on the boat. These excursions involved stops at various friend's docks and also one break for petrol at the gas dock. Do you know I have not managed to get the line to the person on the dock one time without it hitting the water first? Normally it splashes down just as hubs yells, 'Don't let the line hit the water.' Bother.
5. When I'm your dock boy docking and yelling go hand in hand.
6. Also sweating. Docking, yelling, and sweating go hand in hand. Pulling up to someone's dock makes me sweat. Hubs sweats too, but I think that's mostly due to the dock boy.
7. On our first ride over to my Daughter1's in-laws dock I dropped one of the bumpers before I could get it locked in place. In my defense our old bumpers had to be wrapped around the cleat but these are fancy and lock in place. Hubs had to stop the engine so I could jump in and swim after it which I did so three cheers for the dock boy! Fortunately we were back in a quiet cove and the water wasn't moving fast. Also it was 1000 degrees and I didn't really mind getting wet.
8. Hubs hardly rolled his eyes at all.
9. The lake is so pretty.
10. It might surprise you to know I have driven the boat and I'm good with that. I have not attempted pulling onto the lift yet, but will slay that dragon soon.
11. Riding on the boat is my jam. So long as it's not too rough, too windy, too choppy or too traffic-y, otherwise riding on the boat is my jam.
12. Some things about boating are coming back to me now, and I reminded hubs that with our first boat it took a few outings before our teamwork really clicked. There was some trial and error figuring out where to store the towel bags, remembering which cubby holds the bumpers for easiest access, mastering looping line around a cleat with one hand, and gracefully leaping from boat to dock without becoming entangled in said line. Oh wait, that's just me. Anyway it takes practice. That's what I remember.
13. Did I mention sunlight on the water is my most favorite thing?