Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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I grew up around boats, both power and sail. My parents always had one. I still remember my first sail ever, which was on a dyer dinghy. I don't know my exact age then, but it was roughly 40 years ago.
I think the things you learn as a young child come much more naturally as an adult. I learned to ski as an adult, and all my friends that were on skis when they were in grade/high school look like they were born with skis on their feet.
Like most kids, I had little appreciation for those experiences back then. Whether I wanted to go on the family boat was entirely dependent on whether I had a better offer from my friends. Occasionally, my parents would realize it was easier to let me bring a friend. If you were to ask them at the time, I'm sure they would have thought I would reject being on the water forever.
Today, I nearly count each day until I can get back to the marina.
Give your kids as many experiences as you can and don't measure the value on whether it ignites a passion while their hormones are developing. They will reach into that collection one day and pull out a treasure.
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