Good For The Soul
I quickly brewed my second cup of coffee and grabbed breakfast to go. The kids were in the car watching a movie while I threw some clothes on, applied deodorant, and tossed the sand toys in the van. We needed to run free.
"To the beach," I shouted, and turned up the music.
One of my favorite things is having my kids all to myself. It takes more work but it feels so good to give them all my attention.
The day was full of suprises. They walked the pier for the first time, and the fishermen were a highlight...and we were their biggest fans. I would yell, "He caught one!" And we would run over cheering and asking if we could touch the slimey scales. One fisherman was embarrased as he realized there was a starfish on his line, but we cheered him on just the same.
Oh, and we also cheered the birds. They were so big and let us get so close that they needed some encouragement too.
The best part was that Elias thought the pelican was a duck. "Hi duck, Hi! Hi duck!" There was a crowd around the bird, but I knew they were stopping to watch Elias and his love for life...I just stood back and watched, I was so proud.
After our stroll on the pier, we indulged in the sand and ocean. And as I watched them play and turn into little sand crabs, I fell more in love with being a mom.
The beach has always been a place for me to regroup. And I need that. Sometimes I forget how much we all need to run free and experience something new.
Life is so good, and there is so much to appreciate. Getting out is good for my soul...and theirs too.