Hats off to all the parents running businesses and raising kids - I would relate it to having a garage band play in your living room while you try to juggle fire balls and also prepare macaroni and cheese all while answering the phone and changing a diaper. It is the hardest, yet most rewarding feeling in the world. Life as a young towboat family can be full of adrenaline (Hurry hon, there is a boat taking on water off of Tilghman point!) to relaxed and full of family time.
We get the full gamet being a 24/7 business, never knowing when we will be assisting the next boater that needs our help. This lifestyle affords us more time at home with our soon to be 2-year-old daughter and 3.5-year-old son, but duty can also call at anytime, during Thanksgiving dinner or on a cold, blustery night at 3am. We show up and we deliver. It makes the good times that much sweeter.
Besides getting to live and raise our children in a marine environment, one of the most important lessons we want to impart to them is how to be responsible stewards of their local environment. Teaching them about Bay health and their impact is a lesson that will stick with them for a lifetime and translate into their care of the world around them. Because we are on the water so much, we get the opportunity to speak with recreational boaters, locals and waterman and hear stories and learn the rich history of our Chesapeake Bay. Living and working so close to our environment can only make you feel one way- let’s preserve this for all the generations ahead of us!