Sailing on the Lady Lydia.

Last week, the King, the Captain, and the Max took a little sailing trip around Fairhope, Alabama. Since someone had to stay with the ladies, I tried not to feel too sorry for myself when that someone was me. Max returned from the adventure raving about sailing, which made my heart do a little dance inside my chest.

After extensive ballyhoo-ing, Max finally agreed to take the helm of the Lady Lydia. The King and the Captain were thrilled to see his interest in the navigational tools, including the compass and the tell-tales.

You can see the Mobile Bay bridge behind the sailors.

The King told me that Max enjoyed sitting near the bow of the boat, catching the first bursts of wind and watching the calm waters of the bay float by. I longed to see him in the flesh and discover what caught his attention- and what kept it. Since I wasn’t there, however, I had to rely on the regales of the masculine posse.

I remember being his age and sitting on the bow of the first Lady Lydia with my parents at the helm. I also recall that most enchanting aspect of ocean sailing which involved straddling the front of the bow with my legs squeezed tight around the lower mainstay, intentionally allowing them to dangle as low as possible so when we rolled over the big waves, my toes would disappear for a few seconds in the frothy ocean water.

And then there was the way in which I could sit in that same spot looking downwards for hours, just watching bow rise and fall with the ocean’s rhythm, cleaving and cutting these perfect, precise lines which then vanished under the hull of the boat.

And then there was the fact that none of the adults knew I was secretly keeping lookout for any wandering mermaids or lost fairy folk who might have taken the West Wind into a location which was not of their choosing. I’m so happy for Max and his first taste of sailing. His appetite for sailing terminology is insatiable. I

f you have little people who might be interested, we had fun comparing the old gallions and big sailing ships of the past with the present-day recreational sailing boats. You can download the free printable handout right here.

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