Amara and her Daddy had barely gotten in the front door last Saturday night when Amara turned to me and asked, “Can we go to the beach tomorrow?” I was so surprised by the question I said to her, “Where did that idea come from?” “From my brain”, she grinned as she pointed to her head! She can be so silly! I told her that as long as we woke up to the weather they were promising we would go.
As I cooked dinner she talked on and on about My Little Ponies. She had spent the afternoon at a birthday party and was now completely wound up on sugar! When dinner was finally ready, the three of us settled down to watch the second Hunger Games. We had watched the first one together last weekend and since Amara has now read all of the books she helped to fill us in on what had been changed and what had been left out — but no spoilers allowed. We took a break about half way through the movie to make Jiffy Pop together. Amara had never made Jiffy Pop before and like any child, seeing that aluminum foil pan unfold was nothing short of amazing. I had forgotten how much better Jiffy Pop is than regular microwave popcorn. Amara loved it!
When the movie was over and we had gone through all of the usual bedtime rituals, she fell asleep in less than 2 minutes! I had to go back into her room to get my robe and I woke her up! I asked her about it the next day and she thought she had been sleeping for hours when I came back! She never moved again until about 7:30 Sunday morning.
We were ready to go to The Beach! We packed peanut butter sandwiches, apples and potato chips; threw in a blanket, towels and sunscreen; grabbed our waters and were off! It was going to be about 88° at home and the perfect 72° at the beach. We even had fun on our drive there. Amara told me how she wants to live by the beach someday. As we got closer, she rolled down her window to see if she could smell it yet. It is only 15 miles to The Beach but it seemed to take us forever to get there! We were very excited!
There was almost no one at The Beach when we first got there. By the time we left there were a few more but not many! Amara immediately ran for the water – which I must tell you was really cold unless you were under the age of 10! She is fearless and had a blast being hit by waves, which were just beautiful. We watched huge flocks of pelicans skim the water. I was hoping this meant we would see the dolphins running, too. The weather was perfect and we could even see Catalina Island off in the distance. She did a report on the Channel Islands a few months ago and her Mommy and I had introduced her to the song “26 Miles Across the Sea” so seeing Catalina made more of an impact this time.
She took time out from playing in the waves to collect shells and to carve herself a sand chair. I liked it so much she made me one, too! By then she had the attention of two other kids playing in the sand. The next thing I knew the four of us were having fun burying the three of them in the sand – turning the two girls into mermaid! Another boy and his Mom and Grandma arrived and those four kids had the best time just playing in the sand. Complete strangers and not a screen in sight!
We only stayed about 3 hours but they were three wonderful hours! As we left I said to Amara “This day was almost perfect.” “What could have made it more perfect Grandma?” “Seeing the dolphins.” “Then we just have to come back again.” It was then that she announced that we needed to do this every time she spends the night – but she quickly revised that to every other time! We had skipped making pancakes to go to The Beach and you can’t do that all the time!
I think I was wrong. I think we did have the perfect day. Maybe next time we will take a kite!