The weekends used to be our time to get stuff done around the house or the yard. It was a great feeling at the end of those days to feel like we accomplished some big task that had been waiting on us. I’m sure the kids didn’t love the pull of our attention to something less important and maybe in the back of my mind I thought for sure these were lessons on how to care for things we owned.
These last few weekends have been spent on the boat and they have been adventure packed. We learned how to get ourselves unstuck (more times that I like to admit). We learned how to undock and dock again (this one still makes me hold my breath until we are far in sight from the docks). We learned how to get the boat to 8 knots (fastest it’s been so far with one sail up), and together Gress and Rad are quite the duo when it comes to tacking the boat (changing the sail from one side to the other to turn to catch the wind). We have started collecting “treasures” that remind us of our days out at sea. I’m hoping these adventures on the boat are planting memories deep inside my kids hearts.
When I am honest with myself, the lingering house projects weigh on me and remind me of how much I have left undone. The grass is taller than I like it, my plants need sweet tending to, and my laundry piles are way too high. But long term my kids won’t remember a well manicured yard, or clothes that were neatly put away, or how clean our house was for that moment. They will remember a mom who was distracted by what was left undone, and not fully present with them. I want to be pulled toward them and the building of the GREAT memories. I want them to remember the courageous, crazy and fun moments like getting our boat stuck and laughing about it later, or the crab that pinched Mcree’s finger, or the hammerhead shark we found washed up on the beach and how we got the chance to see it up close. I want them to remember their faces in the sun and the wind in their hair as we together learned the great art of sailing.
Here’s to our weekends on the water and the grass growing above our knees!