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.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
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 ANGELS IN THE SUN
Childhood means long lazy afternoons spent lying in the warm sand and soaking up the sun
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.
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.
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.
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.
-Kristen Burns-Darling ©September 2012, (all rights reserved)