Monday, January 03, 2011
We had big plans for our winter break, including long walks, rainy walks, neighborhood walks, beach and garden walks...
Yesterday, the last day of break, Alex, Maria, and I went on a rainy, garden, see-the-beach walk. It was cold! And obviously rainy. I don't know if it was a wise choice as far as recovering sickies are concerned, but it did our spirits a world of good!
We had to persuade Maria to drop her "walk to the park" campaign, which was not easy to do. Finally we piqued her interest when we asked, "What do fish do on a rainy day?" We could see it on her face, when her mind dropped the campaign for slides and swings, and shifted to this interesting inquiry... do fish delight in the extra splashes? Do fish duck and cover, when great plops and drops stir up their watery home?
Maria was the leader, and she found the koi pond, and we found that all of the fish were active and swimmy in the rain. Pretty too.
We were active and swimmy in the rain. We could not sit down. Wet. Cold. Cold. Wet. So, we kept walking through the gardens, smelling the sea, feeling the water and breeze. It was a puddly-wuddly walk. It felt good.
What do surfers do on a rainy day? Do they delight in the extra splashes? Do they stay indoors with hot tea and wool scarves?
On this day, they were out there... surfing, in wetsuits, for obvious reasons.
Funny, last year we were out there, in the water. This is a much colder winter than we had last year.
We don't have wetsuits, so I think we will wait for a sunnier, warmer day before we go in the ocean. Low tide! We won't need wetsuits to enjoy a puddly-wuddly walk through the tidepools.
Ah, new year, new plans...