Monday, we had the family over for a cookout and water play in the lake. Frequently, we ask lots of folks for these various summer holidays, but this time we just had our kids, grands, and one MIL. I prepared all the food, rather than having people bring dishes. Also, unusual. But it was a smaller group and this was easier.
We ate, grilled chicken (with BBQ sauce for those who chose), corn on the cob, fruit salad, broccoli (all the grands eat this veggie!), and a green salad. No deserts because of various eating issues.
One SIL grilled the chicken. Very nice. The other SIL put up all the water toys and chairs & table. Our daughters picked really good guys. 😊
We did pause to give thanks for all those who’d given their lives that we might live in freedom.
Normally, I don’t get in the water. I’ve never been much of a water person. I like to enjoy our lake views. However, over the last year, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the idea of getting on a paddle board or kayak. Our younger daughter has a paddle board, and everyone has gotten on it. Except Bob and me.
So, I bought the water shoes before this holiday. I got down on the ground to make sure I could sit that way. And so Monday, before we ate lunch I put on my long shorts, a long-sleeved shirt from when one of the SsIL did an Iron Man competition, my turquoise hat, sunglasses. and I set out on an adventure.
The kids brought the board around to the steps and everyone gathered around giving advice: be careful of the wet step, hold on to the walk-way, grab my hand. I did need that hand as I stepped from the steps. It wasn’t deep. That’s why I thought I could do this. Kevin held the board, and I ooched my rear up on the board. It didn’t tip. I got my legs up; he handed me the paddle, and off I went.
Kevin helping me get on.
One of the daughters gives a push.
On my own.
Don’t run into the grands!
Back on dry land, celebrating!
I paddled around the boat house and back to the steps, surprised by the current. It was a real blast. I didn’t fall in. Of course, there were not big waves from boats. Made me feel so cool that I could do this, and I will do it again. I hope to see a kayak in my future.
So, what did I learn from this experience? If there’s something you think you want to do? Go for it. No time like the present.
Don’t forget on June 9, I’ll be in Wimberly, Texas for a book signing. Would love to see any of you in the neighborhood.
Did you do anything special for Memorial Day? Love to hear from you.
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