With so many concerns about heading out into the public and so many rules still in place we tried to find a way to get our little one in the sand without having to conquer the crowds. Luckily for us the weather was totally in our favor on Sunday, as long as we dressed appropriately!
At home it was in the low 70’s, kids swimming in their little pools out back or running through the giant sprinkler in their yard. At the beach however, it was only about 55 degrees and the wind was a bit much. We knew that if there was anyone up at the beach closest to our home we would still be able to avoid having to be near many and get a quick toes in the sand, good for the soul, beach therapy session.
As to our knowledge the state made it mandatory to wear masks, however when we neared the center boardwalk we noticed it wasn’t exactly being enforced. So we steered clear from the crowd and found a nice little spot in the sand with maybe a person or two in the distance. Masks to get on the beach and as soon as we were we put them aside to breach in that sweet salty ocean smell. V took one big inhale and said “isn’t this the best”. I knew even if it was for an hour she would be the happiest little camper.
She found big shells, little shells, broken shells, things that were more like sticks and less like shells but all things that made her smile. I’m turn, it made us smile. She dug those chubby little almost 5 year old toes as deep as she could and covered herself up in sand and obviously, she gladly covered our feet too! I don’t know exactly when we will be able to get back to the beach and enjoy a hot day with her favorite from home lunch, a cheese sandwich and chips, but I know that these little memories are the ones I hope she holds onto.
I wouldn’t exactly say I got the complete beach fix but I would say that collecting shells and snagging and icecream one the way home was exactly what we all needed to get us by a little longer