>1) Every canoe I’ve ever been in, I’ve tipped out of. This you should know before agreeing to canoe with me.
2) I have a Tug Boat Pilot’s License, here.
3) The license is in my childhood nickname.
4) On the subject of nicknames, and in a decade a couple galaxies far away now, I talked some friends into assuming bitchin babe names when we were in certain eastern Montana bars. We picked names that would seem likely to be tooled on the back of a leather belt. I was Judy with a Y. And my neighbor lady first picked to be Margaret, not understanding how that was not a name one would see tooled onto the back of a leather belt. Eventually she picked Wanda with an A. We learned enough about shooting pool to know any shot was legal as long as one foot was touching the floor.
5) There is an ongoing list in one of my journals that details activities that are also legal as long as one foot is touching the floor. Rowboating is not one of them.
6) It took some years but came the day when I met a man who spoke of hope being a rowboat in the dawn. He meant (I think) that one shouldn’t wait for the dawn.
7) He might have meant that one should not wait for a rowboat.
8) I didn’t wait.
9) Eventually, because I was not looking for one, I came across a rowboat. We climbed aboard, my daughter and I. There were no oars. The water sloshed. She sprawled out on the floor of the boat and listened to the slosh and ripple. I didn’t. Not at the time. I had done so a few decades earlier, on a different lake, with a different man. In a different type of boat.
9a) She referred to the bottom of the boat as “the ground of the canoe”
9a sub1) My daughter is a writer but doesn’t know it yet.
9b) I also have a son who, had he been there, would paddle the boat by hand.
9bsub1) He would coax all of us to taste the water.
10) It was a canoe (getting back to the end of item 9 before the subparts got carried away), and instead of a lake, we were on a pond at just about midnight, with paddles. We had snuck onto a farmer’s stock pond. Eastern Montana, the middle of August, the height of heat.
11) Not every watercraft that comes with paddles is successful. I wanted to get wet, He wanted to stay dry.
12) See item # 1.