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Exactly, Steve... and a heartwarming story to boot...

July 29, 2016 09:30AM
But first: Yes, precisely. They are proud. thumbs up smiley My daughter reports that they spent last night sharing the video with all their friends and never grew tired of telling their story, (which of course grew in the telling) until they fell asleep. They'll probably continue this morning.

Ok, Derek. He's the kid, (14yrs old), on the left as you watch the video and the most visible when they get tossed, launching high and entering the water feet first. His is a sad story, I don't know it all but....

I believe he's currently in his 'third family'... that is, his Mom's third husband. A couple of years ago his grandmother, whom I understand was raising him, died - and a couple of weeks later his Dad was killed in a motorcycle accident. Derek had never been on a lake before in his life, much less a boat.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter took him camping, (he's good friends with my grandson Gavin, same age, class, football team), and yup... first time camping in his life.

Even before the loss of his grandmother and Dad he was withdrawn... very friendly but very reserved and cautious with others. I have heard his home life has never been a good one but that's 'hearsay'... I don't know that... If true it could, however, explain his caution around others.

So, camping, lake trip, last night he told my daughter this was the best summer of his life. And last night he, and my grandson's Mason and Gavin, and my nephew Marco, (the 4 in the tube incident), are the talk of the town.... or, that is, at least their 'social circle', and they are milking it for all they can get sst smiley

  Tubing, I put it off for half a summer... but today...

JamesJM681July 28, 2016 05:54AM

  Here's your plan.....

sstrams439July 28, 2016 06:15AM

  I like it...

JamesJM451July 28, 2016 06:20AM

  That's a possibility.. However...

sstrams467July 28, 2016 07:12AM

  If I may intrude on this topic....

73Ram452July 28, 2016 07:57AM

  '73 provides the fool-proof plan..

sstrams435July 28, 2016 08:41AM

  Re: '73 provides the fool-proof plan..

73Ram447July 28, 2016 10:31AM

  4 on a 3 person tube, lesson learned. Video

JamesJM454July 28, 2016 07:50PM

  That was awesome.....

sstrams427July 29, 2016 09:11AM

  Exactly, Steve... and a heartwarming story to boot...

JamesJM450July 29, 2016 09:30AM

  Best summer ever

LesBaker461July 29, 2016 12:14PM

  That's a great story...

sstrams429July 29, 2016 12:56PM