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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

NaBloPoMo July prompt

Are you scared of being in open water?


I grew up in Maine, just a short drive from the coast. My mom worked with the community education program so I was involved in a lot of their camps during both the school year and summer.

Day campers often found themselves spending time at Winslow, a local park on the water. My family even rented a cottage there for extended visits. When I was in high school, I ran a day camp for ages 3-6 and we tried to have a beach day every week. We'd load the kids on a giant bus and truck them out to the water for sunshine and swimming.

Every time I go back to Maine, I want to visit Winslow. I don't care if there are more beautiful beaches north and south of it. I don't care that it's tiny. It's my beach. I love swimming in the ocean (but only in August, please, when it's "warm") and looking at the familiar seascapes of Winslow. I love the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt. I love the feeling of sand between my toes and seeing the piles of seaweed that have washed onto the beach.

Open water doesn't intimidate me. It's where I grew up. I took my daughter there this summer and I wish she could grow up on the water as well. We'll have to settle for summer vacations as often as possible, because she's a little fish and I know she'll love it too.

5 comments:

  1. Cute pool, where did you get it? We need to get our little fishes together for some swimming fun!

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  2. the pool is from smith's and we do need to play!! let me know what your work schedule is like so we can coordinate getting together.

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  3. I love open water too. I just went to San Diego and went to the beach every day. I would love to visit Maine one day. I've never been to the north. Maybe we could go together. A girls weekend? One day.

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  4. She looks so happy in the pool! At least she's been able to experience the beach. :)

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  5. She does look super cute in that pool. She is a doll. I love to swim, but I am totally afraid of water that I cannot see the bottom of and that I can cut my feet or touch something super gross on said non-see-able bottom if I were to touch it with bare feet. I love Lake Powell, but I feel like I have to wear shoes in the water, sometimes even out in the middle, where it is forever deep.

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