Wednesday, June 3, 2009
until recently when we moved to the countryside, we lived right next to the wonderful tel aviv beaches. and we would go there almost every day. to play, to walk the seaside promenade. to have a coffee. breathe the fresh air. then we switched the seaside for the countryside. so now we have to drive. 10 minutes. which we do several times a week now that it's hot.
D grew up next to the ocean. most of the things he loves to do involves the beach and the water: wind and wave surfing, fishing, diving, beach volley, swimming. i'm not that energetic. at all! i love to stare at the sea, picking shells and beautiful stones, play with sand, read a book while listening to the waves. and, contrary to D, i also love the beach on a stormy, grey winter day. it never fails to make me realize that this world is such a mind blowing result of the playfulness of the universe.
the kids love the beach (they had no choice. their dad had their surf boards and fishing gear waiting in the delivery room). when they started to crawl, they'd head for the water, like little turtles following their instincts. today, when we get to the beach, they start to pull of their clothes as they walk through the sand towards the sea. and they refuse to wear swimsuits, which i tried to introduce (because i'm not comfortable with naked photos of them on my blog or on flickr. silly me). but they don't want to. they want to be naked and run through the water, lie in the warm sand, jump from the rocks, throw stones into the waves. they feel the beach, and watching them makes everything fall into place. i can't explain why, but it just makes sense.
that's the essence. then there's all the packing, planning, getting the kids together and get out the door with water, food, fruits, sun cream and all the other beach essentials. and the arrival at home, everyone covered in sand, warm and tired, with the smell of salt water from hair and skin. the logistics and the cleaning up. but it's all so worth it.
and if you're like me and just cannot get too much beach time, go ahead and spoil yourself with plenty more beach views from all around the world: