Lessons from the Beach – Part Two

This is the continuation of my blog entry Lessons from the Beach that I posted last week just before Hurricane Earl’s arrival on the Cape and Islands. Well, Earl landed here rather softly — more like a tropical storm than a hurricane. I am very glad in spite of all the preparations and spoiled plans. Who needs all that hurricane aftermath? However, some people were disappointed — they would like to have a level of danger and excitement, but with no damage costs. Well, that is not a simple wish. After all Mother Nature is not like a cook in a restaurant, “Would you like your steak/storm to be rare, medium, or well done?” In any case, the ocean is calm now and the beaches are full of people again, enjoying their last weekend of summer.

In this visit to the beach I focused on observing much younger kids than in Lesson #1.

I hope you will enjoy this post although it can’t possibly substitute for a real visit to the beach.

Beach Lesson #2 – About determination, helping, cooperation, challenge, excitement and joy. Also about independence and the pleasure of solitude.

Making ponds in beach sand and supplying them endlessly with ocean water was a challenging task for each child. Perhaps joining forces could bring success?

Girl pouring water onto the beach from a bucket Boy and poured water puddle on beach

Boy walking toward girl on beach Boy and girl working together on beach

Oh, those waves!

Girl and boy on beach watch wave coming toward them On boogie boards in the ocean
Girl and boy on beach running from a wave

Sometimes it is nice to be alone.

Girl walking on beach Girl on beach fills box with sand

Summer ends today on Labor Day — this is the end of beach lessons and time for school lessons for many children visiting Cape Cod. But the ocean and beach will welcome them again next summer.

It is up to all of us, however, to make sure that our beaches will be clean and free of oil spills for future generations of children to enjoy.

People in ocean with sun behind

Bird on beach

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4 Comments on “Lessons from the Beach – Part Two”

  1. Marina Says:

    Words and pictures capturing that beautiful carefree sand and sea experience — wish I was there! Current events being what they are, your poignant touch at the end rounds out the piece nicely. Glad you guys are safe and that you had no damage from the storm.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      It is very satisfying to be understood so well. Thanks for your comment Marina.

      I also wish you could be here. Soon I will be back in Tucson. Time is passing much faster near the end of our Cape Cod stay. There is not enough of it (time) to visit everybody whom I would like to visit here. Oh well, next year perhaps….

  2. irrealcafe Says:

    We’re also glad to you hear that you got through Earl okay; we’re also looking forward to seeing you again when you return to the land of SB 1070, though the virus does seem for the moment to be quarantined.


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