Forever Etched In My Memory

A simple afternoon at the beach turned into a moment that I’ll always cherish.

One of our daughters, her husband, and their daughter are spending the week at the beach. (Of course, if they were still in NJ, it would end with “a week down the shore).

It was a cloudy and cool day,  the onshore breeze keeping the storms and rain inland until evening.

A new experience…

It was my afternoon to spend with Adeline and I came to appreciate what a mental sponge a 14-month-old can be.

Playing above the waterline, she learned that damp, beach sand looks better than it tastes, but it still is interesting.

As the tide was starting to come in,  I took Adeline down to the edge of the water and we sat there as the tide gently came in. Tiny waves washed over her feet and she took it all in…reaeching down to grab some sand, only to have it run through her fingers as it dissolved in the water.  It was new to her, but she showed no fear, trusting me to allow it to happen.

Adeline was living in the moment, literally soaking life up like a sponge. And there I was, observing her adding new data to her ever-increasing life experiences. I cannot find words to describe the emotions of being present for that.

I hope Adeline grows up to love the ocean as much as I do and that is will always be a place for her to go to get re-charged and grounded.

After a few hours of exploring, she took a 7-minute power nap and was back at it.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s trip….maybe I’ll take her out shark fishing?

The last picture is just to show off her blue eyes.

Being a grandfather is about the most fun I’ve had in several years.


Ah, those blue eyes.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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10 Responses to Forever Etched In My Memory

  1. Being a Grandparent is absolutely the best thing in this world! And those blue eyes are beautiful.

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  2. josiesvoice says:

    Enjoy the moment. Belated National Grandparents Day(Sept. 13)—(3rd Sunday of Sept).–!!!!

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  3. P & J says:

    Such a special time in your life and hers! 🙂 She is a beauty!

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  4. Margy says:

    Lovely story! Love the ‘sponges’ part of it.
    Reminds me of when my grandson would follow me around the yard when I was gardening – he was always pointing to things, and saying ” ‘OOK Grandma!”

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  5. Jim Borden says:

    what a special time for the two of you; you are both lucky to have each other…


  6. Leif Price says:

    So adorable! Enjoy every moment with her!

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