So picture the scene....
There we were in a beautiful secluded bay on one of the islands about an hour out of Auckland. The water was so clear that you could see the sandy bottom beneath. Sounds almost perfect right? Apart from the fact it was so bloody cold! Typically we picked the worse day of a long weekend to have a family outing on the boat. We had the day planned out, stopping along the way for a bit of fishing, then stopping at a bay for lunch and a swim. Generally getting the boys used to being out and about on the water.
So anyway there we were playing in the water, trying to convince the boys that it was warm while covered in goose bumps and trying not to mutter too loudly about how frigging cold it was. Then I spotted something out of the corner of my eye.
"Hmmm that’s strange" I thought, "what’s that?"
So I looked again and there swimming towards me (I am so sure it was after me) was a large black shape. Did I mention how clear the water was? Then the panic truly set in.
“FUCK, there is something in the water” I screamed while running like a lunatic out of the water.
Then I heard something that was a bit like hitting a brick wall, “mummy, mummy, MUMMY!” Oh SHIT the boys, oh the shame, oh the bad mother guilt!
On turning round and looking back in the water, Son Number 1 looked close to tears with his arms stretched out and Son Number 2 was looking his usual confused self trying to get a closer look at what was now swimming around them. As there were now not one but two black shapes enjoying the water with them!
So after quickly recomposing myself, the brave and dignified person that I am, went back into the water to rescue the boys. While trying to avoid what turned out to be two stingrays that had decided to spend their afternoon in the same secluded bay as us.
So hit with the double whammy of freezing water and the stingrays the rest of the afternoon passed pretty much uneventful on the beach. Where Son number 1 had to do his first poo in the bush in true Kiwi style and I had to wee behind a tree because there was no way either of us was going back into the water unless it was time to leave.
Oh and before you think he was going to poo in the water, there is a loo on the boat.....