Having children living with us on a boat bring certain joys, pleasures and discoveries which just wouldn't be possible otherwise.
- Chocolate cake frosting drips on the solar panels.
- Doll hair in the shower drain.
- Glitter, used to play "germs" stuck, better than adhesive anti-skid, to every stair.
- Bent, rusty metal bobby pins jammed in the intakes of bilge pumps
- Marbles rolling across the floor port to starboard while underway.
- Innumerable tiny legos repeatedly strewn over the floor, just waiting for a heel to walk by.
- Numerous rigging snarls due to the rope swing and its various configurations.
- Shroud boots ripped off by the rope swing.
- High electrical load items left on and running, say like a water pump.
- "Decorative" knots tied into lines of all sizes, just for fun, which of course you don't notice until you need the line in a pinch.
- A bungie cord whipping around in the wind halfway up the genoa as it's unfurled.
- Decorative spots of ketchup and jam marking a path from stern to bow after dinner aboard with their friends.
- Sticks, moss, and innumerable shell treasures tucked into seat corners, ground into throw rugs and generally found everywhere.
- Some even contain ant colonies.
- Incredulous looks of dismay when you merely suggest that, perhaps, they might want to clean up any of the above