Tuesday, September 30, 2008

From 95 to 73

Today the kids are off from school due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The Valley has been scorching hot, humid, and just plain yucky. I decide the best course of action is to pack up the car and take us on a 50 minute drive to the beach. There is nothing like the beach for restoring a sense of "aaah" and calm. In the Valley, the car temperature gauge displays 95 degrees at 10am and when I park the car in Malibu it reads...ready....73 degrees. It's not overcast or windy and practically deserted and I smile wide while breathing deeply. I applaud myself for the perfect choice of activity.

Once I get past the horror and disgust with myself for not noticing my very stubbly legs before I left the house, I convince myself to think "who cares?" and relax. So, besides the splendor of fantastic temperatures and the beauty of the ocean, I also notice many little things that makes a spur of the moment outing to the beach so wonderful. Here is my list in no particular order:

1. The conversation during the car ride. Along with singing to our favorite kid songs on the iPod, we exchange thoughts and observations.
Talia: "Did you know, the ocean was made from water a loooooong time ago?".
Quinn: "The ocean was around when the dinosaurs where here!".

2. Watching the pelicans fly in formation and seeing one break out and dive straight down with a big splash to catch a morning snack. It more than made up for those pesky sea gulls.

3. The sound of my kids squealing with delight as the waves catch their feet.

4. The sea lion (or seal?) that poked it's head up right in front of us for quite a while, like it wanted to watch the kids play, too.

5. Being able to read an entire magazine. Sadly, my Real Simple magazine goes back to July 2008...I'm very behind.

6. People watching.

7. Our appetites. What is it about the beach that makes people so hungry?

8. The escape of it all. Drive almost an hour and we got a total change of scenery and weather.

9. Knowing that playing at the beach is so timeless. Just like me and many many generations before me, today's electronic generation of kids still make sandcastles with moats, hunt for sand crabs and shells, play in the waves, and delight in the simple pleasures of the sea and sand.
(that's me to my mom's right in the green bikini and cousin Gina is posing on the left)

10. The soothing sound of the waves crashing and taking a few minutes to close my eyes and appreciate it all.


  1. Oh that does sound GREAT. I love that you took it down 20+ degrees. We live in an oven, don't we. That is a great picture of you and your cousin and mom. Wow, you mom was a hottie. My mom NEVER looked like that...LOL!

  2. I'm with Mama Eve. Your mom was smokin! Probably still is. Hopefully she's not smokin with a g and she'll be around forever! Lovely pics. Sounds like you had a great time on your getaway. I must do that with Rex soon.