We got a canoe many years ago, shortly after we were married. At that time, graduate school left us with very little free time so we didn’t use the canoe much. Then we started having babies and, though I tried to work out a safe way of buckling a car seat into the canoe, we decided not to take wee little kids on the river in a canoe. Since we moved back to WV, we have been itching to get on the river with our canoe.
I grew up near the Allegheny river and we canoed on it quite a bit. My hometown was very rural. In fact, if you drive up to the edge of the Earth and then turn left and go 25 miles, you’ll get there. Anyhow, we did lots of outdoorsy stuff and I had missed that in Nashville. Now that we are in WV, we have more opportunity to be in Nature.
So, when we got the call to go canoeing with Emily’s aunt and uncle, we jumped. They canoe often so showed us a fun launch on the Little Coal River (it’s WV…there is lots of coal here, of course). The river was up some and moving pretty quickly from recent rains. As we looked on the river, Isaac said, “Uh…I am not comfortable with this!” Abigail quickly came down with an upset stomache as well. They were both so funny and cautious (a definite good thing!).
We finally got the kids in the canoes and got ourselves launched and had a wonderful time coasting down the river. There were few distractions and the lack of sound actually made my ears ring a little. It was wonderful. The kids settled down and we just coasted…and relaxed…and talked. I loved being back in Nature (with a capital N for its importance!) and hearing birds and the water gurgling. I loved hearing my kids chatter about the river and their thoughts. I loved to see my son take his turn in the front seat, paddling pretty well.
So, we’ll get back on the river soon. We’ll look for chances to slow down and relax together. We’ll fish and drink too much pop and eat too many marshmallows and we’ll enjoy life the way it is supposed to be!