After 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!