After four weeks of house sitting/dog sitting, the time has come to return to our life on Medina.
We have all enjoyed our time living back in a house, it has been a (luxury) adventure in itself. Each of us has our own indulgences, e.g. being able to spread lego out over the floor, long hot showers, being able to walk around a bed when I make it!
Orbit has especially enjoyed his time in the house. Each time we pull up to the driveway, he gives a happy cry and claps his hands. It will be interesting to see his reaction when we pull up to the marina.
There will be a long list of things Orbit will miss, some of them I will be able to replicate (sailing boat style), others … maybe not.
- Playing ball with the dogs, and being greeted with their kisses. We’ll just have to play more ball with the grandparent’s dogs, lucky they are good a kissing too.
- Playing with magnets on the fridge. We live on a steel boat, so magnets should not be an issue (I’ll just have to buy some).
- Space to spread out when playing, Orbit loves ‘dumping’ and spreading out his lego out on the floor. I am not sure how I can create more floor space on Medina, but we can take some lego up to the grassy area at the marina.
- Opening and closing draws. Orbit is fascinated with how things work, during our stay he became obsessed with working out how draws work. We have three draws on the boat, so that should keep him busy for a day.
- Going in and out the doggy door. I’ve got nothing for this one (grandparents don’t doggy doors at their houses).
- Dancing in front of the television. We don’t have a lot of space and not much in front of the television. We’ll just have to do our dancing to the radio up on deck. Apologies to anyone who will witness my dancing – I am very good at dancing badly!
- Playing with the buttons on the dishwasher. We had to turn the dishwasher off at the wall because Orbit was kept starting it. We didn’t use it because we’re used to washing up (must remember to turn it back on through). Not sure how to replicate this one, or it I want too (have visions of Orbit playing with buttons on the HF radio etc).
- Watching the driveway automatic door go up and down. I’ve got nothing here.
- Flushing the toilet. We have hand pumps for both toilets on Medina, so we may need to incorporate the marina toilets into our afternoon walks. We can also use it as part of our toilet training.
- Pushing the laundry trolley. Orbit already likes to ‘push’ the marina trolleys, they look a bit different but I think the concept is the same.
Over the past four weeks, I have appreciated how different it is to raise a toddler on a sailing boat rather than in a house. All of the differences can be reduced to two things, space and supervision. On a boat there is less space but you need to have more (a lot more) supervision. In a house, there is more space (especially if there is a fenced back and/or front yard) and require relatively less supervision (compared to a boat).
There is more physical effort required to raise a toddler on a sailing boat. We have to leave the boat to find the space we need. This includes finding the space to learn to walk, run, jump, play etc. Orbit doesn’t get the incidental development that comes with having space, so we have to find it. But this can be a blessing, as getting to the space (e.g the local park or beach) just adds to the adventure – its all about having the appropriate head space, which can be hard some days. I try to think of Medina as the centre of our world and the rest of the world is out there just waiting to be explored. We are all explorers and I am blessed to explore with the Skipper and Orbit.