Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Boy is becoming a Man

When the kids were real little, I used to say, "I can't wait until they get older so they can get out there with me and hold their own."
My wife said, "careful what you wish for."
 It was just four short years ago my son, 8 at the time, got his first kayak for his birthday, an Ocean Kayak Frenzy. A great solid and stable boat that was the perfect size for him. We put a lot of miles on that yellow banana.

 Now at age 12, he's ready to take that step forward, whether I want it or not. It is time for his first real fishing kayak. I've been so excited for this day, yet have been dreading the fact my boy is growing up....and too stinkin' fast. Through the past year when we go out, he's struggled with keeping up. That thing is a bathtub. If there was any wind, it made it even worse. Short runs were fine, but anymore than a mile it was rough for him. So the day has Ocean Kayak Prowler 13.

There are so many great yaks out there, but since he has been in my Prowler many times, he really was leaning towards one, and I was all for it. It's not one of those kayaks that's really great at one thing. It's just good at a lot of things, a very well rounded boat.

He was soooo excited. The minute he got in, he was off. He can match me paddle for paddle. No more waiting for him to catch up. If I was in the lead, I kept catching myself looking back to see how far back he was. He would be a few feet behind me and say, "better move before you get run over."

Of course, this is our busiest season at work. I'm not getting home until way after dark. So we have been plotting, or planning, I mean, to find time at least once a week if not more, to paddle. Fishing or not, doesn't matter.

He learned fast on how to move and turn. It's four feet longer than the frenzy and quite a bit narrower. In the above photo was when we first got there. I threw him his PFD and turned to put mine on. He was out on the water already. I yelled to get his rear back here and get that thing on. He got so excited he forgot. We had a quick "saftey meeting" i.e. "come to Jesus meeting" and things were back on track. lol

It was a beautiful day on the water. The sun was setting as we headed back to the truck. We talked, we laughed, we made memories that will stay with us forever.

What a day. I'm truly blessed to have this time with him. And very lucky to have this family.

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