Experiencing life through a child’s eyes is sweeter when you do something for the first time together.
On Sunday, our friend, T’s Auntie E, whom we recently went to Tobermory with, organized a stand up paddle board outing for friends and us.
E is a SUP hobbyist and took us to Cherry Beach, a scenic place I’ve never been to in the 33 years I’ve lived in Toronto.
As the name suggests, you go out onto the water on a paddle board standing up.
As we departed from shore, E gave us a crash course on how to paddle, to go from kneeling position to standing up, to maintain our balance and to get back onboard if we fall in.
We were blessed with beautiful weather – sunny, but mild, and calm winds and water.
T sat with me and did well! I thought that our hyperactive kid would cause us to fall in the water repeatedly. But we only fell in once near the end, because my knees were tired.
It was awesome being in the water and we went in a few times to enjoy a refreshing dip. T felt completely at ease with his lifejacket on.
As we paddled away from shore, I wondered where in relation to downtown Toronto we were.
And then I turned my head around…
… and saw the Toronto skyline behind us; the CN Tower and skyscrapers dwarfing the tall trees on the beach shoreline.
It was truly an awe-inspiring moment.
We paddled about 1km away from shore towards Tommy Thompson Park, a 10km stretch of land known for scenic hiking and biking trails.
We sat on our boards near the park shore for a while and watched the skyline in the distance before we paddled back to Cherry Beach.
I could’ve started thinking about a metaphor for this moment – you know I love them! – about finding balance in life with T onboard, literally!
But I chose to be in the moment.
Life with T teaches us to be present and to inspire us not to put limits on what we can do together.
Summers and childhood are so short and T goes back to school in a week.
I want to milk every moment.
I was thankful to spend this most amazing day with good friends, the hubby and our T.