Thursday, July 9
In which we traumatize the girl child.
We went sailing with my parents a few weeks ago. It was the first time ever for the Honey and the Kids--I was raised on the sailboat, it's just 6 months younger than me. I suspect it was the consolation prize for my father for trading in the Porsche when I was born.
The Honey and the kids loved it, but Little O wanted to go swimming. With me. RIGHT.NOW.
It WAS hot, so we found a quiet cove and Big O and I jumped into the water. Then it was Little O's turn. Do you see that photo? The one where she's wearing the bulky blue life jacket?
We explained that she HAD to have a life jacket on and KEEP it on in order to be on the boat. It would keep her from sinking and keep her safe, which is always our biggest priority. She accepted it without a peep.
So I jumped into the lake, and in spite of the 100 plus degree temperature, that water was a bit chilly. I thought to myself,
"oh, this isn't going to last long at this temperature..."
So the Honey passed Miss Priss into the water, onto the floaty cushion thrown out for general principle.
My poor baby.
As soon as she slid off that cushion, she completely flipped out. Shrieking and climbing on top of my head.
Apparently we had sold the life jacket so completely that she had absolute faith in it, and we never bothered to explain that she WOULD sink into the water, but that it would stop her from sinking sinking. She thought in her six year old brain, that she would float on the water where the life jacket touched the water. It makes sense. It also nearly drowned me before her father could pluck her back out of the water and calm her down. Thank God for the stupid floaty cushion.
She's fine and now that she understands that her life jacket was not failing, she's totally game to go sailing again.
What a trooper!