Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aug24_Ocean2After our visit to Brooklyn Aquarium we went to the beach. When I told Anna that we are going for a swim in the ocean, she got immediately alarmed. Will there be fish? Sharks? Jellyfish? I reassured her that there will be nothing in the water except people. In fact, Coney Island Beach was a lot less crowded than I remembered it – probably because it was middle of the day on Monday. When Anna saw the waves, her reaction was of immediate a avoidance - no ocean! no waves! Again, I reassured her by holding her and dipping her in the water in between waves (by the way, there were barely any waves). Then my mom took over, and I could get for my first swim in the ocean in the last three years. It’s not possible to swim in our Pacific waters, the temperature is too cold even for me. When Anna saw me swimming, she got more brave. She started to play in the waves, and we had the hardest time getting her out of the ocean. In fact, she was all dried up, when she slipped out and promptly got sandy again, just so she could get into water again. We will miss you, warm ocean! If Anna is lucky, she might meet you again in November in Florida!

4 comments:

The Art of Family said...

What a great first experience! Glad to have found your blog - it's just lovely! I grew up in Queens, and have very fond memories of Coney Island. I never was as brave as Anna though - and stayed mostly put on the sand. But those were some of the best childhood memories for me! Thanks so much for sharing. And I love your template too :) Look forward to reading more about your adventures!

Ticia said...

Hee hee, super fun. We'll see how our kiddos handle their first ocean experience in October.....

Christy said...

It's great that she went in the water! We go in the ocean all summer long (we live in MA) and my five year old is still afraid of the vastness. He will go in but only up to his knees. My daughter on the other hand loves the ocean and it is difficult to get her out of the water.

Cathy said...

Marcus asks the same thing whenever we talk about visiting the ocean. He wants to know if there will be mermaids, sharks and octopuses. I guess that is what we are always reading and talking about when we mention the ocean...so it makes sense. :)