Without their Mom (who stayed in town to write) for the first half of the trip, the kids did incredibly well. It is nice to have reached that stage of parenting when I don't have to be on constantly high alert with the kids near water. Molly and Fin are feeling really comfortable in the water and are swimming all over the place. Lucas is still wearing a life jacket or using a noodle, but gained lots of confidence spending so many hours in the water during our week at the lake. One day he took off his life jacket and he expressed to me "I think I can do this", referring to swimming without a flotation device. I expressed my doubts but his confidence remained so I let him try under my close watch. His confidence quickly eroded as he sunk lower and lower in the water, despite his increasingly frantic attempts to propel himself to the surface. Despite my usual desire to not crush the childrens' egos, I was quite happy to have Lucas go through a little reality check with me before he decided to do it on his own.
|The 10:30 ferry made for a late but fun night|