Boats and Water Fountains!
You know how, no matter where you live, there is always that one thing that you have always wanted to do, but you just have never been able to do it? For me it’s always been the Just Ducky Tour, a tour of Pittsburgh by land and by water.
There was always some reason that I couldn’t go on the tour. Either I couldn’t get anyone to go with me, or when others were planning a tour, I already had plans. This summer, I was determined to make it on the tour so when there was some chatter on Twitter about others wanting to go, I invited some friends to go along with me (oh, and Jack too).
I didn’t tell Jack about the tour until mid-morning on Saturday. I figured as soon as he knew that we were going to be on a boat, he would do nothing but ask when we were going to be on the boat. I was right. In the 4 hours he knew about the boat ride, he asked 23597104 times when we were leaving.
Once we got on the boat, Jack seemed to enjoy himself. He took it all in, but honestly, the hour ride was a bit long for him. He got antsy and asked to switch seats with me several times, which I gladly did.
Eventually, we got to the water portion of the tour. Now, let me tell you, I’ve never met a kid who loves looking at the river more than Jack. Every time we drive near the river, he bursts with excitement, so I knew that he would enjoy our time on the river. What I didn’t expect was the Captain of our boat allowing each of the kids on board take turn driving the boat. Jack stepped right up and took his turn. While all the other kids sat in the seat and just held onto the wheel, Jack grabbed on and was really trying to steer the boat. It was awesome! When his turn was over, he immediately asked if he could do it again.
Once the tour was over we headed over to the fountains at Station Square. Jack and his friends made a bee-line for water and didn’t stop moving.. The ran (even though we kept telling them to walk), laughed, giggled, and basically just had a great time for the better part of an hour.
Sometimes, I really wish my kid knew how to have a good time.
Once Jack was appropriately worn out, I walked him and he soaking wet clothes back to the car and we headed home. In the end, I’m pretty sure that he had more fun at the water fountain than he did on the boat, but that’s fine. The sound of Jack laughing as he played in the water, will echo in my head for days.
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