Growing up

Summer brings a time to grow and learn new skills, a chance to shift from being a student to a teacher.

Changing tires
Changing tires

A three year has a chance to use a tire wrench for the first time. Too much Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam videos on the brain, the little guy really wants to fix and repair real things.

Lunch in a college cafeteria
Lunch in a college cafeteria

Summer is a chance to take on new roles in new places, to at least for a day pretend one is a college student with papers to type, research to be done.

Knot tying
Knot tying

There is still learning to be obtained. Bowline knots are a mainstay of sailing.

Tiller in hand, reaching for the mainsheet, headed out onto the water
Tiller in hand, reaching for the mainsheet, headed out onto the water

A chance to show one’s sailing instructor that one is qualified for the next step up, and to get some specific tutoring on weak skills.

Soloing
Soloing

A chance to solo out on the water. Students are first sent out with young instructors. As their skills improve, they go out with a more skilled observer who rides along. Then they get to solo, master of their own boat.

Broad reach, wind in the sail, speed over the water
Broad reach, wind in the sail, speed over the water

A young but skilled student on a beam reach returns to the dock at speed.

A young instructor comes back in
A young instructor comes back in

On his first stint in the instructor position, my son gets the chance to be the teacher.

Another instructor returns with student to port
Another instructor returns with student to port

Having passed muster with Dr. Ishikawa, a newly minted instructor, my daughter, returns with her student to the dock.

The Topper’s are a small boat, best suited to a single adult. Loaded with a youth and an adult, the boats are a tad heavy, turning the tiller requires more effort. The skipper has to adjust to the added weight. Dr. Ishikawa asked me to be dead weight, effectively a tourist, on a boat skippered by my son. Thus I went out onto the water in a sailboat for the first time, on a boat captained by my son. And a clueless tourist I was.

Fortunately my son was good about telling me where to sit, when to duck. I have no idea how to actually sail, I was completely in his hands. I only know that the captain is in charge and as a greenhorn my job is to be quiet and do whatever I am told. That was a special experience.

Under the shadow of the rock
Under the shadow of the rock
Future water polo star
Future water polo star

Not a polo ball, just a basketball. And there is the small matter of learning to swim. When the three run into the water they shout, “Let’s go drowning!” And by the end of the day they have significant amounts of lagoon water inside them.

Posing
Posing
Styling
Styling

After every picture, these three insist on seeing the product. They know the images go on social media and will be seen again and again. They are born ready to throw style. Facebook ready from birth.

Boys room
Boys room

Growing up and getting bigger in the islands.

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