Playing with Water
Set toddlers in a tub with some toys and they’ll splash and play as if the properties of liquid are their own original discovery. Water has the entrancing quality of being simultaneously invigorating and calming.
Highlights of my childhood memories—spent inland away from the ocean—include wading through the icy ripples of our back creek, canoeing on pristine lakes lined by pine trees, and swimming in friends’ pools.
My sons grew up by the Pacific Ocean, absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of broad ocean beaches with powerful waves from infancy. You don’t need a major body of water to enjoy the inexplicable magic of water, though. My boys played for hours with a backyard kiddie pool, moving water from one container to another, or spraying the hose.
May we all find time in our summer to enjoy the mesmerizing joy of water, whether by watering flowers, walking barefoot along a shore, swimming, surfing, or gliding over a shimmering surface by sail or paddle. Keep finding simple joys!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is Rockaway Beach to Pacifica State Beach, a relatively short walk that connects two scenic beaches popular with surfers.
This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 77): Rockaway Beach to Pacifica State Beach
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