Paddling along

We took a walk on the Toronto lakeshore the other day and passed this little pond where people could rent a canoe or an individual paddle boat for a 15-minute ride. The little paddle boats were clearly for kids but most of them were occupied by 6-8 year olds or so it seemed to my critical motherly eye.
So I was surprised when Koopa suddenly requested one. I was surprised because I know how cautious he is with new things, and how freaked out he was when we first put him in a canoe with us about six with ago. So I fully expected it to be a waste of 5 bucks because I thought he would bail out as soon as he sets his feet in it. But boy was I wrong! He sat down, grabbed the handles and headed towards the middle of the pond like he’s been doing it all his life.

“Mama, I tried to paddle as fast as I could!”

Go, Koopa, go! Well, maybe our canoe trip in a week will go ok afterwards.

About Tanya Mozias Slavin

Tanya Mozias Slavin is a writer, linguist and a mother of two. She was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and has lived in Canada and the US, where she worked on Oji-Cree, an endangered aboriginal language of Canada. She now lives in the UK and writes about parenting, languages, multiculturalism, and everything in between. Her essays and articles have appeared in Washington Post, Brain, Child, The Forward, Scary Mommy and other places.
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