Childhood On The Beach

Growing Up on the Beach

Growing up along the Southern California coast, the beach was my playground all summer long, and I was able to experience first hand the many benefits that come from a childhood that is spent on the beach.

The tidal pools were my outdoor introduction to nature studies, ecology, and conservation. On weekend campouts I learned survival skills like how to build a fire, and how to cook my dinner with a wire hanger as my only utensil. My parents beach parties, which are the foundation of so many of my fondest childhood memories, taught me the importance of family time; and the bonds that were formed on the beach with childhood friends remain among the strongest in my life today.

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Lessons Learned on the Beach

A day at the beach can provide you with a lot of valuable information about how to live your life; It teaches you to be a good friend, to not litter, to play fair and the importance of sharing. ( I mean, really, what good is all of that sand if you don't have someone to share it with?)

Time spent on the beach may also It may also provide the answer to some of the universe's most perplexing questions, like; How many babies can you fit on to one surfboard?

SAND PLAY

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SAND SHARING

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SAND ANGELS IN THE SUN

Childhood means long lazy afternoons spent lying in the warm sand and soaking up the sun

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The Boys of Summer

The feel of the breeze as it comes off of the ocean in the late afternoon, the faint taste of salt that it leaves, like the memory of a kiss upon your lips; the remembered warmth upon your shoulders as the evening begins to turn cool, and the spongy feeling of an orange nerf football in your hands.

These are the things that can make any teen-aged boy forget about his 'coolness' long enough to loosen up and have some fun.

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Beach Days

Friendships are formed, crushes are born, and sometimes also lost, in between early morning's high tide, and sunset's bonfire; but the memories that we made, they will last forever.

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California Girls

The California beach girl comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes. She is curious about everything; She can swim, surf, and catch a football as well as any boy; and she doesn't mind the wind in her hair.

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At the Waters Edge

If you walk down along the waters edge, there are families playing together in the surf, and young girls hunting seashells, sandcrabs and sea dollars to collect like coveted treasure, while the youngest of children is having his first encounter with the sand and the sea.

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-Kristen Burns-Darling ©September 2012, (all rights reserved)

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love the idyllic idea of one of life's perplexing questions being "How many babies can you get on a surfboard?' It sums up the laid back relaxed summers spent on the beach. Your photographs are magnificent and make me wish I'd had more interest in a camera way back when. Thank you for sharing your beautiful childhood memories, K.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Amy Becherer - I loved the beach, and still do. These photos are of my kids, my nieces, and my nephew and were taken over the last couple of summers, the one of my youngest daughter and my nephew on the surfboard is my favorite... and that one was a complete fluke. Thank you for the gift of your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This made me yearn for the beach. I love walking in the sand. The pictures are adorable. Thank you for sharing..Cheers


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Just delightful. Such memories of sand, sun and ocean waves. Wonderful pictures. Truly enjoyed this. My early childhood days were spent on a private beach in Connecticut. It was also wonderful. Reading over the other comments I must say that I really do love that picture of your youngest daughter and your nephew on that surfboard. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@always exploring - I also love the beach, and watching my children learn to love it as I do has been a joy. Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and your gracious comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Gypsy Rose Lee - Any beach, no matter where it is, holds an almost mystical quality for me, one I often try to capture through my camera's lens. I have to admit, the surfboard photo is also my favorite; so much so, that I had it framed and matted and gave it to my niece, (my great-nephew's mother) and her husband as a Christmas gift that year. Everyone thought that I staged that photo, but the truth of the matter is that I was shooting random photos during my middle daughter's birthday party, (it was her 14th) and the little kids were playing in the sand, and I just happened to turn around at the right moment. I didn't even know what I had captured, until I got home that night and put the pictures on the computer. Thank you for the gift of your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Spent my summers when I was a.teenager on myrtle beach. south. Carolina ..then. moved to Florida . I was. on.heaven . now its Texas beaches lol. I am getting closer to California in my old age. great hub. voted up. Debbie


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Deborah Brooks - Hi Debbie, while all beaches everywhere share some attributes, it is also true that every beach everywhere has its own special allures. I love my So. Cal. beaches, but also enjoy the beaches up in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, for many varied reasons. Texas beaches, from what I can recall from childhood visits, also have a different vibe, which I also enjoyed. I spent years in Memphis, but never got to make down into the Carolinas, (maybe someday...). If you ever actually make it to California, let me know, and I will point you in the direction of the best, (at least in my humble opinion), of what we have to offer here. Thanks so much for the gift of your time, your comments, and your votes, they are as alwasy, welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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Aisha Jilani 4 years ago from Lahore

beautiful memories shared in beautiful words :)


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Aisha Jilani - Thank you for the gift of your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen

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