“Water, water, everywhere
Water near and far
Let’s use our hands and feet
To count how many kinds there are…”
(from a Baby Einstein bath book)
One of my favorite activities to do with my daughter is to take her outside, give her a bucket of water and some cups and spoons, and let her go nuts. It’s so fun to watch her play and splash and giggle. The ultimate expression of joy spreads over her face. She loves being allowed to make a big of a splash as she wanted and not get into trouble. Watching her play in the wading pool at our local park is hilarious, because I see in her face the same joy I felt as a child, playing in the water at the lake. When I was younger, going to visit my grandparents in Boston was so exciting because we got to go to the beach!
I spent 3 summers in Florida after high school, working for a summer camp. We traveled from coast to coast and top to bottom of the state. I once again fell in love with the ocean. It gave me so much joy to be near the open water. Swimming, snorkeling, sailing, sitting on the beach, talking with friends and relaxing, the taste of the salt on my lips and the feeling of peace after a day at the beach; I couldn’t get enough.
My wish is to be able to share the ocean with my kids some day. For them to see the beautiful blues and greens of the water, and run and jump in the waves. Feel the warm sand between their toes and the pull of the tide, the waves splashing their legs.
For me, the thought of water brings back joyful memories.