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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Preparation Stage | 2 comments

Invasion of the Boat Kids

Ethan and Carter making castles on the beach.

Ethan and Carter making castles on the beach.

Thud. I look up through the companionway to see two blonde heads peering down at Carter and I. “Are we invading?” asks James. They were, but I didn’t mind at all. Since last Thursday when we moved to the Hollywood City Marina, we’ve been in a near-constant state of invasion by the three boys of Viatori: James, Matthew, and Ethan. Carter is absolutely loving his time with other boat kids and we are having a great time talking to their parents, Richard and Leah!

Matthew helped Carter build his K'nex helicopter

Matthew helped Carter build his K’nex helicopter

Spending the last few days in the company of the Viatori crew has been a great pleasure for us. One of my favorite parts of watching the boys play together is realizing how free of boundaries they still are. No small talk necessary, only an imagination and permission from Mom to go play. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious and their energy seems unlimited at times!

The boys can't resist reading new books!

The boys can’t resist reading new books!

While we haven’t had extensive experience with other cruising families, what we have previously heard second-hand about boat kids seems to be fairly true. They are smart and fun, generally good natured, and are very socially adept. In comparison, Carter and I have spent a good amount of time in the company children these last six months who weren’t interested in playing without a screen, couldn’t be bothered by a kid of a different age, or who were downright mean when Carter attempted to join in their fun.

A sample size of one family certainly isn’t enough to make any scientific comparison, but it is enough for me to know that I’m glad Carter can be counted among the boat kids.

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  1. We know and love those kids!! Viatori’s family!!!! I recognized Ethan before I started reading your post!! Wonderful family, wonderful kids who let us love on them last cruising season in the Exumas!!

    • We’ve had a fantastic time with the Viatori crew this last month! All of us will be sad to see them go!

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