Right after this we decided to head up to the cabin and get some dinner at the marina restaurant. The girls donned their life jackets and went up to the cockpit. Lucy was told to stay in the cockpit. She did not.
She exited the starboard side of the boat and right into the 48 degree water. From down below I heard Emma Jane scream "Daddy!" We all ran up top and saw little Lucy crying and dog-paddling away from the boat to open water. I think she was either disoriented or afraid of being squished between the dock and the boat. Mike talked her into swimming back toward him and reaching for his hands. He scooped up a very wet, very cold little girl into his arms and handed her over to Davis. The air temp was somewhere around the same as the water so as I started to strip Lucy's clothes off her she began to shiver hard. Once her soaking wet clothes and life jacket were off, we whisked her down below and Davis took off toward the cabins in search of towels. The boat comes equipped with a heater so it was turned on high. I wrapped myself around Lucy (maybe a little too tightly) and rocked her back and forth in front of the vent.
This is Lucy about 15 minutes after going for a swim.
She is wearing her daddy's shirt. She is happy. She is laughing at her sister. We are talking about how much trouble I am going to be in when Grandpa (my dad) finds out about this. You can read about my dad here.
This is the front bench outside our cabin. It was no secret to anyone walking by what had happened to Cabin 9. Who has an entire set of clothes laid out to dry in 50 degree weather?
Since I only packed one life jacket and one pair of shoes, and because Lucy was in need of dry ones, Mike went to the nearest Wal Mart and bought her new shoes and a new life jacket.
Her new life jacket has Hello Kitty on it. So do her new shoes.
I was worried the next day that she might have some lasting phobia about boats or docks. My fears were quickly put to rest.
She wanted to go back and feed Nelly and Gertrude.
Gertrude is white and, according to Lucy and Emma Jane, is a boy.
Nelly is a beautiful mix of white, black and grey and is a bit of show off when it comes to catching food in her mouth.
It seemed everyone wanted to hold Lucy's hand the next day...
Lucy was ready to take the boat out for a test sail. Kick the tires.
That's my hunky husband on the bow.
See my new life jacket daddy got me just because I fell in the lake?
Here we are out for the inaugural sail on Lake Texoma.
Here is the proud new boat owner. Doesn't he look good?