We’re into a bit of a warm spell here in Ontario’s lake country, which casts our gaze toward everything summer. There’s nothing more seasonal than finishing up a delicious meal on the bar-be-que and heading out on the water for an evening dip in the lake.
On the way out of our river, Finn looked ready to crash for the night, but with the hum of the motor, the splash of the wake, and the general excitement of the lake to keep him going until we came back home. Like cars, or anything motorized, boat motors seem to capture his attention. I took the captain’s wheel for a change and Joel enjoyed the more relaxed view from the passenger side. One of Joel’s Father’s Day requests is for me to don the captain’s hat of our boat for a change, so why not begin tonight, I suggested.
Often during summer months we head to a local haunt to anchor in the shallows of a large island. Typically we don’t go there in the evening and instead favour the deeper waters of the lake, but with Finn we decided to hit the shallows. Pulling up to the island, we were one of two or three boats, and each had young kids aboard. Instantly we imagined doing this often in the years when we have young children, to whom summer vacation is so close, they can taste it. As a teacher myself, I know I’ll feel the same way.
Tess eagerly hit the water, falling right back into the summer routine. We were quick to strip our boy down to the nude to show him off to the weaker blast of the evening sun. Joel was the one to introduce him to the refreshing splash of the water and Finn laughed as his legs dipped in the cool lake.
When we were all packed back into the boat and wrapped in warm blankets on the way home, we promised to do this again often in the coming weeks as the heat hits us.