Going for the Record
My 3-year-old niece screamed in protest. A look of pure terror washed over her face before she dissolved in a puddle of hysterical sobs. All this because my sister walked too close to the water. I looked out at the seemingly benign expanse of blue ocean as it lapped gently at the shore and wondered about her fears. Why does the ocean foster such great passion both in favor of and against? Even babies seem to have strong opinions on the matter.
Debbie and her family fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. From youngest to oldest they are undoubtedly a water-loving family. In fact, they love it so much that they set a record for how fast an entire family was drenched during a family photo session. Just minutes into their session the oldest approached the water. I was unpacking my gear as he tested the waves gingerly with his toe and when I looked back he was completely soaked. Rivulets of water streamed down his polo and face reflected a combination of mischief and joy. As if he thought it was completely worth it.
No one yelled or screamed. They simply shrugged their shoulders and joined him in the shallows to play in the waves and look for treasure. The morning unfolded gently as curiousity and joy drove the session.
A Tropical Ending
We were spending a clear morning at Paradise Cove Beach. The gentle water was perfect for the baby and the tidepools and rocky outcrop created enough adventure to keep the older boys happy. So happy, in fact, that they didn’t want to leave the water.
We ended the session in a burst of energy. The grabbed intertubes, nets, and goggles and jumped fully into the ocean on a mission to catch a fish. Although their attempts were unsuccessful, they had the best time trying. And with the baby fast asleep on the sand, we decided to end the morning, but they made plans to come back the very next day.
You can watch their sweet family film below.
And see a sample of their family photos here –
Do Your Children Love to Play in the Water?
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