A few weeks ago while Anthony was still on leave for shoulder surgery we joined my inlaws for a day of sailing on Grandpa’s pirate ship. Isobel is still crazy for mermaids and pirates and the ocean in general, and even though we were sailing in a freshwater lake her enthusiasm was undiminished.
Grandpa flew the Jolly Roger flag just for us.
His boat is named “Schatzie 2,” which is German for “sweetheart.” He’s not German but the boat came with the name and apparently it’s all kinds of bad luck to change the name of a vessel without some kind of elaborate anti-bad luck ceremony. Sailors are extremely superstitious when it comes to their boats. Anthony and I discussed that if we bought a boat we’d change the name immediately to “Enterprise” and bad luck be damned.
When I asked Isobel if she was ready to help me look for pretend mermaids she insisted, “No Mama, we’re going to look for real mermaids.”
While at the dock I did find a boat called the Party Barge. Which I found to be very amusing.
Grandpa made Isobel a special treasure map for our trip.
She was very good at telling us where to go.
It was a beautiful day with enough wind and temperatures mercifully well below 100 degrees.
Some sailors check their star charts. Anthony checks his iPhone. Grandpa’s pirate ship? There’s an app for that.
My MIL Olivia bought this life jacket for Isobel. We’re pretty sure it’s missing a number two in the name. Either that or this jacket thinks my daughter is a HO. We couldn’t stop laughing about that.
To everyone’s delight an airplane was practicing water take offs and landings that day.
Did I mention the weather was beautiful? It was so beautiful.
Me: “Look, Isobel! I found a real mermaid!”
Isobel: “Where? Where?!”
Me: “Over there!”
Isobel: “That’s not a mermaid! That’s Grandma!”
Anthony received a lesson in sailing from Grandpa Doug. It’s harder than it looks!
When Isobel grew bored of sitting on deck she colored and played in the cabin with Dada or Grandma.
Grandpa Doug let her steer the boat, too.
At the end of the day, we found our treasure. An eagle’s nest!