It is pretty amazing what a walk on the beach can do for a person. Toes in the water, some shell seeking, wind in the hair…can work miracles for you and the kiddies.
About 1pm on a Saturday, my husband had the idea to drive to AnnaMaria Island. Being the intelligent individuals that we are, we forgot that this weekend began “Spring Break” week. As a result, the drive that was supposed to take us about an hour ended up taking us two hours, putting our arrival to AnnaMaria at close to 3pm. A little late start for a day trip if you ask me. And although the hubby wasn’t asking me, I, of course, was making my opinion known.
Happy? No, that is not how I would describe how I felt during that drive. The two older kids were annoying each other and the baby just repeating that she wanted “out” of her seat. This combination made the two hour stretch feel like three.
But, after the long drive and a few behavior talks, we made it to the island. While on the beach, my son (who was once sensitive to the feel of sand) ran and ran and ran all up and down that beach with a huge smile stretched across his face. My oldest drew in the sand and danced her way down the beach. The baby refused to stay in her Baby Bjorn and instead walked up and down that beach with no fear; enjoying each bum fall that occurred. We saw a “sleeping” (tear) blowfish and we gathered lots of big shells. We tried to find a sand dollar, but no luck there.
The point of sharing this weekend update with you is to let you know what that hour on the beach did for me. It reminded me that:
Sometimes you need to be spontaneous.
Sometimes a late start is okay.
Sometimes you need to go with the flow.
Sometimes you need the wind in your hair to make you feel more alive.
Sometimes a change of scenery, even for just a couple of hours, can benefit the whole family.
Sometimes a little freedom to explore and be adventurous can excite and inspire your children.
Sometimes, watching them feel inspired and excited, will do the same for you.
And sometimes, a subtle reminder from your husband to “slow down” and enjoy life, instead of rushing through it, is needed.
“Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirits fly.” – Van Morrison