Check out this soccer crew: oldest player 72, youngest 9! What a tough game we had. Everybody ran and plunged and dribbled their best. We laughed so hard my tummy was sore. My muscles, too, by the way.
The kids were so excited to get our boater friends in Porto Rotondo together for this game, they could hardly wait for it to start. In lieu of any kids to play with they got quite creative playing with each other, keeping themselves busy and visiting neighbors. They lost their inhibition or slow approach connecting quickly with people of all ages and from different countries.
Observing how the children look for ways to spend time with people of any age and background makes me realize how important community is to them. It also made me feel a wee bit guilty for taking them out of community into this ever-changing world of (older) sailors. On the other hand it is neat to see how they adapt and grow with the change and challenge.
But it certainly isn’t always easy for them and there definitely is a void of same age playmates at this time in our adventure. So both kids are looking very much forward to going to Berlin, where we will spend time with our friends Imke and Andreas and their boys Lasse and Finn. They even want to go to school there for a while, something they have been absolutely opposed to earlier.
Hopefully they’ll have a good time. And I am looking forward to some alone time in the big city!