I had a friend from the Midwest ask me recently what my life is "really" like.
"Um, pretty boring," I answered.
"No, it's not," she countered.
While I pondered what to say to THAT, she went on and on about why my life is not boring.
It's always good to keep informed about one's own life.
She concluded with, "You can even go to the beach whenever you want. What do you do when you go to the beach?"
Oh … the beach life …..
Well, first of all, I don't live in this house:
Nor do I live in any of these:
I live about twenty minutes from the beach in a little canyon. My house is very modest by South Orange County standards.
But yes, I do spend a lot of time at the beach.
What I actually DO at the beach varies.
I like the beach in all of its seasons, and in all types of weather.
One thing I don't do is lay out in the sun tanning.
If I have to be at the beach during the hottest times of the day (something I try to avoid), you'll find me in the shade, with a hat on, protecting my skin from the sun.
(That is, unless I'm swimming, or in the water body surfing, boogie boarding, etc.)
I'm a melanoma survivor. Melanoma, for those of you who don't know, is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In fact, melanoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer period. It has a nasty habit of striking down people in my family. I do love the beach, but I'm not a sun woshiper.
I'm often at the beach shooting pictures.
Sometimes I'm at the beach walking … and walking … and walking even further.
I storm watch at the beach – I love the ocean during a good storm. Unfortunately, we don't get many storms in Orange County.
I also love the beach when the fog is thick and the sand is deserted.
I like to explore tide pools, but I never, ever, remove anything from them.
Meeting friends on the sand around 5 p.m. for cocktails and a picnic while watching the sunset is also a favorite activity in the summer.
Our family activities at the beach vary also.
Briefcase is a runner. He's usually either napping or running while he's at the beach.
My daughter is usually reading, or napping, or sunbathing, when she's at the beach.
My oldest son is most likely checking out the girls while he's at the beach. (Or swimming, or running, or throwing a football with friends.)
My youngest son plays high school baseball. He's an infielder and a pitcher.
Last time he was with me at the beach, he made this tower of rocks:
A few minutes later I turned to find him "pitching" rocks at his rock tower, trying to knock it over. He was much more successful at this "game" than the non-baseball player friend he was with. I flashed back to when he was about three years old and would spend hours at the beach "pitching" a tennis ball to us. He's been baseball-obsessed his entire life.
Some things never really change.
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