We had a wonderful visit with my sister, her husband, and their two gorgeous, (not so) little girls last night.
It was great to back to the lake where I grew up, telling my kids about all the hijinks we got up to, which tree we fell out of, which rock we jumped from, etc.
After we’d been there a little while, Brandon (my brother-in-law) suggested a boat ride. We squeezed all five kids in the bow and went for a quick ride. There was a storm a-comin’ and we didn’t want to linger on the water. We were really flying!
The wind was blowing through everyone’s hair, and everybody seemed to be having fun. Jake called for us to slow down! The wind was hurting his eyes. He got the idea to hand me his glasses and put on his swim goggles. Perfect! He thought this was much better. Good thinking on his part.
This morning over toast, he recalled the ride:
-yesterday’s boat was fast, huh Dad?
-how many fasts did it go?
-it hurt my eyes and I screamed!
-did you see me use my goggles?
He uses repetitive questions like this to process new experiences.
We left the lake just before 8:00, as the storm was imminent and Jake gets nervous about thunder/lightning. Side note, it was awesome watching the clouds close in and the lightning pick up.
We made it home (to our place) in time to get everyone inside before the rain fell. What I didn’t realize was that Jake went to his room, turned the lights out, and filmed the storm from his bedroom window.
When I went in to kiss him goodnight, he clutched his iPad to his chest. We keep a close eye on his internet usage, but he still gets secretive. I told him not to be shy, and show me what he was looking at. That’s when I found the 63 second video he was uploading to his YouTube channel.
It’s entitled “BLUE DARK STORM CLOUDS COME IN EAST MILLINOCKET NIGHT IS LIGHTING [sic] BY JACOB RYAN WHITEHOUSE.
The description reads “IS WAS A GOOD THING ABOUT STORM I LIKE GABE DO GOOD ABOUT STORMS BY JACOB RYAN WHITEHOUSE.
I get the gist, I think. But how cool is it that he’s found a way to express himself? Not only this, but he thinks he’s sharing it with the world, when in reality his stuff is mostly private. He films other people’s videos (think camcorder pointed at the computer), and uploads then to his channel for later consumption. I let him post privately because I’m not sure others would appreciate his “plagiarism.”
Thunderstorms are OK as long as he’s watching safely from his bedroom.
So, now he’s got his memories and a little video memorabilia. Pretty neat.