Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue (Beach Graphics #31)
What do I think of when I see the word “blue”? Immediately, the sky. Love the blue of the sky. Robin’s egg blue sky with small, white puffy clouds. My favorite. Next, the ocean – hot days in the cool Atlantic ocean, grains of sand, white foam, thundering waves, yelling children. I love the shore, and I love blue. I love my boogie board.
Am I too old to boogie board? Absolutely not! We taught all the nephews and nieces to boogie board. To help them get past their fear of riding the waves, we gave them all special names like “wave princess” and “surf king” and “foam rider.” We played a game where if they were tossed by a wave they were trying to ride, they could make up the new analogy of their plight: I got tossed like a salad, flipped like a burger, crushed like ice … the worse the toss, the better.
We all line up and try to catch a wave together, taking it all of the way in. We succeeded once: sixteen of us all caught the wave and rode in together, laughing all the way. Sometimes, if you and one other person catch the wave just right, you go into a silent zone where you ride in together at exactly the same rate, and you can carry on a conversation while holding onto you boogie board.
And then there is the mistake of riding the wave onto the beach: beached whales. Not the young ones, of course. But us. The worst is getting beached in front of the life guards. You know they are secretly snickering. I’ve learned. Never ride it all the way – drop off in a few feet of water so you can stand up without looking like a cow.
When the kids are teens, we embarrassed them riding our boogie boards. When they go away to college, they can’t wait to come back to the shore. What was the first thing my nephew said to me when we visited him at his first year at college last month? “I can’t wait to go back to the shore.”
The shore. The Jersey shore. Nothing like it. Anywhere.
I love blue.
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