The Athena dog wanted in. She has always had the idea that she is human; one of the family; in fact, a Sister. So why should she not get in?
In the end she did get into one boat, while the others rode in the rower. Such blessings come along with being Californians where the sun is abundant and the water still, miraculously, exists.
It is comforting that Grandpa has always been a boat man, ever since he was just starting out. This means he is able and willing to invite any and all to take part, to learn, and even to drive (under careful guidance, of course).
Even the children have always been eager boat children, ever since they started out. They don't know life with out a boat, and at any given time one might hear the sounds of small voices calling out across the lake. "Grandma! We're here! We see you! Helloooo!"
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
See you along the way!