Thursday, August 6, 2009

Childlike Faith

Before we left the dock, we let Harrison have at it on the boat. He was thoroughly entertained. It was way better than a baby-sitter.

Riding on Poppy's lap in the boat. Harrison loved it even though he tried to steer us into the marsh a couple of times.

I knew there were a million reasons why I wanted to move back to the coast. High up there, possibly even #2, was to be around the water. Adam and I both grew up around the water and really love it. I grew up going to be the beach and playing in the creeks and marsh. Adam grew up going to the lake. I think both of us are most comfortable in the one that we grew up around. The idea of snakes and alligators in the rivers and lakes around me pretty much frighten me from getting in them. I'm not really afraid of that in the ocean. Whenever I tell people that, I usually here, "Well, you're not afraid of sharks," or "Don't you know there are snakes everywhere?" To all of the naysayers, just let me live in my oblivion as long as I can. Adam isn't scared of any water, but I think he is most comfortable in a lake. I think we both long for the days of a child when you really aren't afraid of anything. I love that wild sense of adventure that I had as a kid. I miss that, really. The childlike faith that you have to believe and trust anything. I realize there are some pitfalls in this, but you have to admit, there is much more freedom to live in when you have that childlike faith. Anyway, I can already see that Harrison has little fear (except of me leaving him with someone he doesn't know). I love that he is pretty much game for anything at this age. While he doesn't have the words to express disinterest in an activity, I'm not sure that he would. As soon as he sees water, he starts pointing to it and signing, "Please." I love it. This past weekend was no exception. We spent the day at the Brantley house hanging out on the dock and going out in the boat. Harrison went tubing for his first time and didn't cry. He seemed a little unsure at first, with good reason. By the end, he was waving at everyone. We didn't capture any pictures, but we have video. I'll post it soon. He also got to drive his Poppy's boat. This was, by far, the highlight of the day for Harrison. I guess boys are just born with the desire to be behind the wheel.


Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

That looks like so much fun. I miss those boating days we used to have!

Joan Brantley said...

He is such a sport, Gary loves this sooooo much!