Renewal

There is something euphoric about being in the presence of the Ocean.  The waves capture my spirit and the smell of salt brings back childhood memories.  The giggles of my 14 month old daughter bring great joy!  Her giggles resonates with the wind of the sea.  It is the most beautiful sound of joy and peace I have ever known.  Can you guess what I did this weekend?  Yes, that is right.  I spent quality, family time at the beach with our wide-eyed, curious baby girl.  It was her first experience stepping in the sand, experiencing the roaring sound of the wind hitting the crashing waves.  Our daughter studied the sand that quickly consumed her tiny toes.  At first she reached for her feet, wiping the sand from her toes and then began wiping her hands.  Then she noticed the ocean and began walking towards it.

Olivia had more interest in the ocean than the sand.  I began to wonder why she is a Virgo and not an Aquarius like her mother.  Aquarius is a lover of water.  I guess a part of her is really Aquarian.  Olivia lit up like Christmas, times a hundred, as she stepped into the brisk water.  The cool water was bordering on “cold” water.  It was a cool, windy day last Saturday.  As a mommy, I was concerned and did not want to keep her in the ocean for long.  I held Olivia’s hand and walked her through the waves.  Liv wanted to run through the waves, falling down and giggling each time a tiny wave would pass her.  I grabbed Olivia saying “Wasn’t that fun, its time for bye-bye”.  Each time I tried to grab Olivia she kicked and hollered for the ocean, again her tiny voice singing in the wind.  I allowed her to jump a few waves and then bundled her in a warm towel.

Her daddy and I tried to distract her with sand again.  It worked momentarily until she saw the ocean.  But because of the cool weather, we decided to form a mound of sand around her feet.  This intrigued Olivia and she began to use a small sand utensil to dig herself out.  We were relieved that she had some interest in the sand, a saving grace, to keep her from the water.  It was awe-inspiring to see our child with pure joy and innocence enjoying the beauty of the ocean and beach.  Truly, it is like relieving our youth. We spent so much time playing at the beach.  Also, it reminded me to be mindful by savoring the small, but most meaningful moments in life.

Thanks for reading.  I am wishing you  to have joy in your heart and love for the small moments, that bring endless satisfaction.

With Gratitude,

Kimberly

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