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So, I decided to take the kids kayaking at Inchydoney beach in Cork, thinking it would be a great way to bond with them and get them some exercise. Little did I know what I was in for!
We all gathered at the beach, and I got everyone geared up with life jackets and paddles. The kids were excited, but I was a bit nervous – I hadn't been kayaking in years, and I was pretty sure I'd forgotten how to do it.
We launched the kayaks into the water, and I clambered into my own, hoping for the best. The kids, of course, took to it like ducks to water, paddling effortlessly.
Meanwhile, I was floundering, trying to remember which way to point the paddle and how to steer the kayak. I managed to paddle in circles for a while, much to the amusement of the kids, who were in knots laughing.
Finally, I got the hang of it and started to paddle in a straight line – That was when the first wave hit. It was a big one, and it lifted my kayak up and dumped me unceremoniously into the water. I came up sputtering and gasping for air, feeling like a drowned rat.
The kids, of course, thought it was hilarious. They paddled over to me, still laughing, and helped me back into my kayak. I tried to play it cool and pretend it was all part of the plan.
We paddled on, and I managed to stay upright for a while longer – but then another wave hit, I went over again, this time losing my sunglasses in the process.
By this point, the kids were practically in hysterics, and I was starting to wonder if I'd made a terrible mistake. But we were having so much fun, I couldn't help but laugh along with them.
In the end, we all made it back to shore safely, if a bit wetter than we'd started out. The kids had a blast, and I had to admit, I'd had a pretty good time too – even if it was mainly at my expense.
All in all, it was a memorable day at Inchydoney beach, and I was grateful for the opportunity to spend time with the kids. And who knows – maybe next time, I'll remember to wear a waterproof watch!