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A Slice of Young Life

August 21, 2010

Cole and Tim Morley


The sky parted and a beam of light originating directly from the heavens found its way to our dinner table.  Our son Cole and his girlfriend Kendra invited us, the parents, to go wakeboarding with them.  Of course we said yes and cleared the two-day time period without a moment’s hesitation.  The evening of departure arrived and Tim and I were prepared and eager to live in their world, eat their food, do their thing.   

The role reversal was refreshing and fun.  Tim and I held back from the parental role and let these two young adults take  

Kendra Puente


charge.  They did not disappoint.  Their manner of handling the trip, caring for Kendra’s mothers beautiful new boat and every step of what was necessary to ensure our safety and enjoyment could only be described as focused, responsible and detailed.   

Tim and I both had trouble getting up onto the wakeboard the first ten or so times, but the young couple supplied a steady source of positive coaching, telling us a little tidbit of what might help the next time, always with the statement that we would get it the next time.  Then, one time we did,and  

Hoping to get up


then, these old fifty something parents rocked it – in that fifty something way.  We lounged in the sun, took turns on the water, cheered each other on, ate Mongolian BBQ, crashed out dead at night and then woke up to do it all over again.  

Every muscle in my body is sore, little muscles in my arms, legs and torso that don’t usually make a scene.  I have blisters on my hands and my skin is sun drenched.  I wouldn’t have missed it and the best thing is that all four of us knew that we were doing something special, something that doesn’t come around too often.  That being, time together apart from the world, time in a little boat in the middle of a reservoir, a micro-world of leisure shared by two couples separated by 30 plus years and a million experiences, yet joined by a lifetime of  familial love and affection.   

wake surfing together


The bonus was bearing witness to the way Kendra and Cole treat each other.  These two kids have been a couple since junior high school, defying all the odds of teenage romance.  Now they are both high school graduates and after sharing their tender school days, they have come to a place of fine tuned understanding.   Tim and I admired their achievement in the tumultuous world of interpersonal relationships and we felt honored to have been invited into their budding sphere.  

I did it!


Cole flying




Pure Happiness


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Eva permalink
    August 24, 2010 4:14 am

    I am so glad that you got to share that with them!! I love you so much.

  2. August 29, 2010 7:28 pm

    This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever read.Thanks for posting this informative article.

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