Rites of Passage

Our vacation kicked off in a big way with the Shadow Lake Classic – Aunt Laura’s annual beach volleyball tournament. Teams of two play hard to win the coveted trophy, and drink hard when they lose (in our case anyway). Dean fared very well – he was the oldest player to make it to the playoffs, but was eliminated in the first round. He owes much of his success to his young partner, but the pain he suffered the rest of the week was his own. It’s not easy being a forty-something office worker playing against physically active boys in their early twenties.


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Finn had an active role in the day as well – he was ball boy and the informal coach of his dad’s team. When he wasn’t giving out free advice, he spent his time hanging around the older boys. They were kind enough to let him tag along and even waited patiently while he put on his life vest. After every game, they’d swim out to the raft and cool off. By mid-afternoon, it was time for Findley prove himself one of the guys.

With a bit of help, he climbed all the way to the top of the swim platform. 

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And after a few encouraging words….

Was initiated into the big-boy’s club.

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His sister, on the other hand, was happy to sit and take it all in from shore.

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