We, well the kiddies mainly, gather up shells, build sand castles, have running races, the resident ballerina is always strutting some moves and then there is the watching of the enormous ships coming into the bay on there way to the docks, the kids are always so curious as to what may be inside. They talk about how fabulous it would be if a shipping container fell off and we got to keep all the cool things inside, some want motorbikes, cars, toys, bikes, a horse (good lord I hope he can swim!!), and the list goes on and on....
And when the temperature is above -1 degree of course they are frolicking and surfing and snorkeling & generally having a blast!! Even bubs is curious about what lies beneath the sea these days and is always keen to get his toes wet! Our days are pretty much spent like this...
He has this face, because he just tried eating that shell in hand, verdict, hard and salty!!
Maybe he will give this scrumptious looking sand a go!!
Ahh now that's the life...
My sweet little guy *love*
OK, so were am I headed with all this? Well just last night as an after school cool down and to wear the kids out, we went down to our lovely local beach, or no. 7's as the kids call it. We generally take the same spot, because there is never a huge crowd there.
But this night, there was another lovely Mama and her sweet Missy 6, but almost 7, that's very important the almost 7....
The kids were playing and having a blast, and I started to chat to Missy 6 almost 7's Mama, only to actually find out that her sweet girl had never ever been to a beach before, never swum in the ocean, never felt the sand, or built a sand castle!!!
I was shocked and astounded, but oh so very grateful for the life we have. I am pretty sure that all of my children have experienced the beach withing the first few weeks of life, maybe not the ocean, but they have at least felt the sand, and smelt the saltey water drifting in with the sea breeze.
Missy 6 almost 7 was thrilled to be at the beach, and was lovin' hanging with the Hick gang, and certainly was a confident sweet thing for her virgin voyage to the beach!
Thankful, yes, Grateful, yes, and oh so very lucky to be living this life, and I do believe we have the hometown advantage!
What is your hometown advantage?