When we tell you we are going to the beach, your eyes widen and a huge smile appears. In the car we tell you we will go for a swim and make sandcastles – and if you are really lucky you might get an ice cream.
We arrive and you announce we are ‘all done’ and start telling us again we are at the beach.
You are patient as we unload the car, slather both yourself and your brother in sunscreen and walk towards the beach. As we walk through the park and get our first glimpse of the sparkling ocean, you point at it excitedly and keep saying ‘beach beach beach’.
Your excitement is obvious, you want to walk on the sand and help us set up. You become impatient as you get changed into your swimming gear, and yet another layer of sunscreen is applied.
We pick up your bucket and shovel and you take your Dad’s hand as you drag him towards the water, all the while shouting ‘beach, beach, beach’….. just in case we didn’t know where we were!
I sit in the shade with your baby brother and can feel the cool sea breeze touching my face and the hot sand between my toes. I feel overwhelming happiness as I watch you pulling your Dad towards the water.
I watch you come to a sudden stop as you get closer to the water, you look up at your Dad with an expression of uncertainty – the water here is different, you are used to the calm stillness of your pool at home. You tentatively make your way closer to the water, as the first ripples of water touch your feet. You shriek with delight, your whole face lights up and you look up at Dad to make sure he is still there and has seen it to.
As the water rushes back out, you again call out with excitement, your feet sink into the sand and you find the whole experience to be hilarious. The waves again roll in and I can see your confidence grow, as you start to splash around in the water.
A larger wave comes in and you tumble over, you quickly get up and after a quick look at Daddy to make sure everything is ok, you cackle with delight and ask for more!
As the time passes, and you become more sure of yourself, you hold onto Daddy’s hand as you begin to explore, stopping to look at shells and rocks on the sand.
You run your hands through the sand, picking up handfuls of it and letting the grains gently run between your fingers. You help Daddy dig a great big hole, and think it is great when you need his help to climb out.
When it’s time to go, you do protest. There is so much more you want to experience, but you begrudgingly hold our hands as we walk back up the sand.
Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT.