Short post today- this Mom is tired. I thought I’d break down the way my 3 kids have tackled this beach thing. Youngest to Oldest, here goes:
My 3 year old:
This normally fearless kid has always been highly suspicious of water. No lie, he treated the bath like a torture chamber for the first 2 years of his life. So the waves are a bit more than his constitution can handle; any time they knock him over he runs away to the safety of the beach blankets, deeply offended. Still, he won’t admit defeat- plucky kid that he is- he prefers to chase the waves out like Mel Gibson in Braveheart, only to turn back around squealing when the waves go on the offensive. This is pretty much his zone, right here… I think that might be a karate chop move…or he’s being batman.
My 6 Year Old…This kid is all laid-back goof. The first day we were out in the waves, he laugh-screamed every time a wave broke over him, as though each one were a hysterical practical joke. He has no clue that he’s not really catching the waves with his board, nor is he aware that he’s way overdressed for the ocean. The kid is blissfully and happily himself. Beach hair and all.
Last, there’s my newly 8 year old, who suddenly seems much older than that. This. girl. is. a. wave. warrior. From the moment she went out, she was playing for keeps. She mastered catching baby waves with her board and she’s undaunted by setbacks. The girl has been repeatedly tossed under, knocked over, and left gasping for air coughing up sea water with hair askew. She somehow played rough enough with the waves to end up with a head-full of sand. (??!!)
But she never quits. The same girl who would rather play indoors than encounter a bee was clearly born for the beach.
Other than hitting the sand, I’ve been seriously wracking up bad-mom points with the amount of TV they’re watching…although its hard when there’s a tv in their room.…and I may lose face with some of you for letting the following nailpolish moment happen….
But all in all…we’re having a great time. And I’m soaking up these smiles.
(Which reminds me, my husband bought me a new toothbrush today!! Better than flowers.)
Here’s to another fun day tomorrow,
Your high-volume-haired friend,Carrye
P.S. Taking a break from “Gray Faith” study this week….will return with another video next Monday!!