Messing about in boats

Twos waterplay

"Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

- Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

An afternoon at the park with a two-year-old is not exactly relaxing, but it’s fun. What about those summer afternoons when it’s just slightly too cool to get wet, but warm enough to take off your shirt and mess about in a boat? When you are two, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the boat is floating or not. In fact, when it’s on the grass you don’t need to sit still, and you can climb in and out as often as you like.

“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.” (also from Wind in the Willows)

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