On our summer bucket list this year: 1) Take a dip in the Chi-O fountain, 2) Make and sail a fleet of toy boats.
I was considering doing both this past weekend--at different times--but that just didn't fit in with the Kid and I's epic nap schedule. We did get our toy boat made, though, so I thought perhaps we'd walk to the river and give it a maiden/probably last voyage. (It was a sweet little sailboat, but a shipwright I am not.)
But then it was hot and muggy, and a half hour hiking the dusty river trail seemed daunting.
"Do you want to go float your boat in the fountain?" I-can't-remember-which-of-the-parents asked the Kid.
He seemed excited about the idea, so we took the easy way out and carried our sailboat and the Kid's tugboat up to campus for a dip in the fountain.
The Chi-O fountain is a KU tradition. People get pushed into it on drunken nights out; sorority girls sunbathe there on hot afternoons. The Kid has been eyeing it as a potential swimming hole since early spring, and I had promised him we'd try it once the weather got hot.
As I feared, our little sailboat was not fit for the rigours of the sea--its mast snapped in the first 10 minutes. But no one felt too badly about it as we splished our toes (and the Kid's whole body) in the cold water.