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Why so sandy?

DSC05051 [640x480]Naturally, any trip to the shore in summertime requires the obligatory day(s) at the beach and our recent trek to Ocean City saw us ‘down by the sea’ numerous times. This despite my wife and my serious dislike of sand, which is sadly hard to circumvent at the beach, no matter how many two by four planks I try to lay down. Nevertheless, sacrifices must be made for our children to drain the most fun out of life, and we accepted our sandy fate with as much dignity as we could muster.

Our last summer at the shore was with a 3 month old infant in tow, who was neither mobile nor particularly excited at the prospect of sun, sand and fun.  She spent much of the day sleeping inside of her fancy ocactagonal “pack and play of doom.”  This year was markedly different, owing largely to Justine’s newfound ability to walk, semi-talk and flash the ‘gnarly’ hand gesture with her tiny fingers. (Tubular, no?). We were excited to reintroduce her to the beach in the hopes that she would be instantly smitten, throw herself into a career of beach volleyball and finance our retirement with lucrative Baden sponsorships.

Alas our first day at the beach was reasonably disastrous, with Justine entirely averse to the rolling, medical waste infused waves and dirty sand, both hallmarks of the Jersey shore. Our ambitious hopes were dashed with the epic frowns that dripped from her face, her vehement aversion to her sandy predicament, and the nasty looks from the poor folks at the receiving end of her tantrum-induced sand throwing.

But we vowed to try again, like the poor fella who thought ‘I can turn this around’ as he was feverishly bailing water out of the Titanic. The next few days we avoided the beach, trying to gently nudge the bad memories of the first day out of her brain and replace them with the other treasures of Ocean City – the Boardwalk, amusement rides and shuffleboard.  Finally, later in the week, we made it back down to the shore, and placed our daughter gingerly on the sand, ready to snatch her up and race home in the event of thermonuclear toddler meltdown.

But much to our surprise she loved it. While still not a big fan of the ocean, she took heartily to the sand, romping around, flinging it, and as any good kid does, tasting fistfuls of it. (Much to my chagrin, she did not poop out pearls. At least not the kind I could sell)  We were fantastically relieved, and settled in to finally enjoy some fun at the beach, even if it did end up with my wife and I covered in those annoying bits of quartz.

The official sand activity of the extended family this vacation was ‘hole digging,’ (the ‘to China’ kind) and Justine loved to stand in them, especially the ones that filled with water. It was as she emerged from one of these my wife snapped this picture of our daughter, face full of sand and smiles, immensely enjoying (finally) a day at the beach.

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  • http://www.pjmullen.com PJ Mullen

    I feel the same way about the beach. I have made the drive on the AC Expressway back home with sand everywhere. Just when you think its gone, you find more. Nature's glitter.

  • http://twitter.com/moonfever0 Angela

    No pooping out pearls eh? There outta be a supplement for that ;)

  • thedevoteddad

    You hate the sand too! The dry feeling it leaves on my feet reminds me of cotton.uugghh. Anyway, enough about my sensory difficulties.
    Glad that you were able to condition her to the beach. It can be a fun place to hang out with the family, medical waste and all :) -Jason

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    We are still finding things filled with sand and it's been nearly a
    month…ugh.

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    If only – then we could turn our kids into factories… :)

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    We were glad too! Considering my family vacations there every summer it was
    somewhat imperative that we get her to like the chief activity… even if we
    weren't too fond of it. And I suppose I would take the sand over the used
    hypodermics…

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    We are still finding things filled with sand and it's been nearly a
    month…ugh.

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    If only – then we could turn our kids into factories… :)

  • http://heirapparent.frantzylvania.com mwfrantz

    We were glad too! Considering my family vacations there every summer it was
    somewhat imperative that we get her to like the chief activity… even if we
    weren't too fond of it. And I suppose I would take the sand over the used
    hypodermics…