Today we spent a wonderful winter day at… the Beach! Yes, the beach, in February. Where we live, and with this mild winter, the beach seems to be a year round option. I love going to the beach with my girls. I enjoy being outside all day, seeing the endless ocean and resting my feet in the sand. For the girls it’s the best place for their expansive imaginations to soar.
Sure, we bring sand toys, kites and umbrellas but most of the fun is what they make out of it. They can build anything with the sand. They made fairy dust castles, mazes for each other to walk, swimming pools, a “witches’ brew”, slides, trampolines and that was only in the first few hours. They are mermaids in the water, they scuba dive to the depths of the sea (six inches) in search of treasure. So pure, so beautiful.
They meet new friends from all over the world. Today they met McKenzie, a beautiful girl who was adopted from China. She explained adoption to them, in the way only a five year old can, within the first ten minutes of play. She was a leader and she told the girls what they needed to do. My girls would react by banding together and defending one another. They are not easily led.
Sunscreen was applied in thick layers. Swim shirts were to be worn at all times. They were not allowed to go deeper than their knees unless I was near. They crunched sand with each bite of their apples and had salt in their PB&J. Regardless of all the rules and trials, they had a wonderful day exploring their imaginations together. Days like this I want to remember, forever!
Have you taken your kids to the beach? What did you most enjoy about your day?