Life’s a beachPosted: 25/05/2014
So, here I am, lying on the beach in Spain, tapping out a blog post. Technology really is an amazing thing, isn’t it? It gives such freedom. Although also less in a way, as we have to make a huge effort to unplug! Luckily that’s not a big issue in my life right now; my challenge is carving out morsels of time to get online and write. Hence a blog post from the beach…
I’m watching ToddlerGirl playing and reflecting how much easier parenting a little one is when you can be outdoors all day. She has been in her element: digging in the sand, splashing in the sea, collecting shells, stones, sticks and whatever else she can find.
You don’t need much when nature is your playground and you are armed with an imagination. Yesterday, a selection of stones was transformed into a whole family and she spent well over an hour setting up a little world for them to live in and acting out everyday scenarios – going to the shops, making a slide, tucking up for bed. It was wonderful to listen to her running commentary as she explained to her Nana what was going on!
Glancing up and down the beach, I can see children of all ages engaged in similar simple play. They are running, jumping, building, swimming. Trawling for fish. Getting covered in sand. And they all have huge grins on their faces. It’s hard not to smile at the sight. This is the stuff treasured childhood memories are made of.
We may not be quite at the stage where we can lie back and know she will amuse herself with little more than a watchful eye on her (that’s why her grandparents are here helping us out!) but seeing ToddlerGirl revelling in the freedom of the outdoors is always about as easy as it gets with her.
And if that can be on a beach on a beautifully hot day, then so much the better…