Monday, May 19, 2008

on days like these.......

.....I love living in the Lowcountry. :) We had such a fabulous family day yesterday, practically a typical, normal family day in this beautiful part of the world. It's about a 45 minute drive to any of the gorgeous beaches around here, so yesterday afternoon we drove down to Folly Beach. We didn't take anything but ourselves, just parked at the pier and walked out onto the sand in our regular clothes, no swimsuits or anything like that.

We told the boys they could put their feet in the water if they wanted, and we took sandals off to feel the sand, etc. Well, except for little E......didn't want to put feet in the water, didn't want to take shoes off. But he did want to dig in the sand and collect shells, so that was ok. Big A, on the other hand, ended up doing a bit more than wading into the water.

He has always, always loved the ocean and being in the water, even as a baby. And yesterday, he just kept going a little further in, jumping over the tiny bits of waves that made it into the shore, kicking his legs up high, almost dancing in the water. And I could barely hear him singing over the loud winds....singing the church choir anthem we had performed yesterday morning. Don't ask, LOL.

Needless to say, after about 15-20 minutes of this, his shorts were completely soaked and dripping. Oh, and the bottom half of his shirt too. But he didn't care, he loved it. He had to ride home in the van wearing nothing but the still-slightly-wet underwear, and covered up with coats, but that was alright.

We walked out onto the Folly Beach pier after playing on the sand......we saw pelicans, people fishing, even a jellyfish that had washed up onshore. Driving home after that, I just reveled in the beautiful scenery that I never seem to get tired of around here--the gigantic live oaks, the "spanish moss" in the trees, marsh grass growing tall out of the pluff mud......I just love it. DH and I had a debate one time about which type of scenery we prefer--mountains or Lowcountry/coastline. No question to me, it's the Lowcountry. The herons, tidal creeks, palmettos, the list is endless. I don't think I'd ever want to live anywhere else. And same for my boys, getting to grow up down here and learn to crab, fish, seeing alligators and turtles up close (ok, not too close).......I'd hate the thought of them missing out on that. We're truly lucky to be here, and to think it all happened because of that first teaching job I got back in 1993.


tafkalorelei said...

sounds like you all had a wonderful day. For me it's a toss up between the mountains and the sea. I love the salt smell in the air the closer to the ocean that you get. That was always my most favorite thing as a little girl. I knew we were almost there.

Amy said...

I wish we lived closer to the ocean. As a child we used to go to the Outer Banks in NC every summer to visit family and it was my very favorite place. I'm so glad that you are able to do this with your boys, it sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

Heather said...

I like the ocean hands down, but I can be persuaded to hit the mountains when fall settles in nicely. Charleston is one of the most beautiful towns we've been to, and I'm hoping to get back there soon.

A friend of mine from grad school took her first teaching job there, too. I was terribly envious. ;)