Another beautiful day on the Outer Banks of North Carolina yielded some delightful experiences. On our morning beach walk we observe many people enjoying their start to the day. At one point along the way we saw a young family dodging waves with their tiny daughter. Her giggles capped the waves with one year wonder. As we slowly passed by, she looked up at us with the most glorious smile. Our hearts were warmed by her joyous reaction to her first trip to the beach with her parents. Her curly hair blowing in the wind, Tinkerbell water wings intact and the biggest ‘first teeth’ smile imaginable. We couldn’t help but be swept away in her childish world of starlings, water and sand for a moment.
We continued walking and My Beloved commented that it makes him very excited for our coming grand daughter and how fun it will be to experience the beach with her. Our wild imaginations try without success to picture her wide eyed one year old adventures at water’s edge. We continue musing about the adorable little girl in her frilly bathing suit, and we daydream a little about the summers in the future when our little grandbaby will squeal with delight at the crabs scampering on the sand looking for a hole. We think about purple sandpails, flip flops, and sun hats and those baby teeth smiles.
It made us laugh out loud to see the little girl on the beach this morning. A little girl we saw only a moment in time, and the instant joy she brought to her hearts. It struck us that if a little girl in North Carolina can impact us so deeply for a long walk on the beach – how much more so will our very own grand daughter impact us forever?
My Beloved summed up this experience when he said, ‘It’s a movie I absolutely do not want to miss…’