As a parent in the 21st centuary, you would like to bond with your children. Just look at HTBS’s Greg Denieffe who took his young daughters Hannah and Maeve to the Olympic Rowing Regatta at Eton Dorney (in a cute post published earlier today). I try to bond with my children, too. Yes, you guessed right, I try to lure them to different rowing events as well. So far, they have been to a couple of the Yale-Harvard Regattas on Thames River in New London, and to one Head of the Charles in Boston.
Before our son Anders, soon to be 7, was born, Mrs. B. and I took our then barely 3-year-old daughter Ingrid to London, where I, of course, dragged them both out to Henley-on-Thames to visit the River and Rowing Museum. What a visit! Poor Ingrid was ill, and it truly was a vacation in Hell! (There is no room for details on this blog.)
Ingrid is doing much better now, and just look how she is handling the sculls in the picture above.
I don’t know if Anders will ever be into rowing, but with his length, weight, and attitude he would be a brilliant cox. Of course, right now he is mostly interested in playing with his Lego toys. Thanks to the British newspaper The Guardian’s Olympic ‘Brick by Brick’ series, Anders and I found a very happy father and son moment when we watch the Guardian-Lego version of the Men’s Coxless Fours’ A Final where GB’s Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Andrew Triggs-Hodge, and Tom James took an Olympic gold.
Watch the race below:
I will try to remember this very special moment Anders and I had next time I step on a little Lego piece on the rug in the living room….