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Scary Sand June 27, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in life.
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IMG_2649Lots of things in life are acquired tastes. For example, I’ve been told beer is not something you are born liking. Other things you don’t have to be taught — like ice cream. Under that latter classification I would have included sun, the beach, and the ocean.

Apparently not.

Last weekend, with Paula out of town and my sister visiting, we decided to take Julia to the beach for the first time this year. She has been in the surf before, actually, but she was so young she probably doesn’t remember (she loved it). This time, as soon as we were at the edge of the sand my sister and I removed our shoes. She didn’t look happy. Then she got really unhappy when we removed hers and realized we expected her to walk on the sand barefoot. We finally had to put her shoes back on. And she was also quite vocally angry that we didn’t have out shoes on. She kept grabbing them and trying to get us to put them on. In the end we had to carry her across the sand.

Looking at the water made her cry. Finally, seeing all the other kids around her having a fantastic time, she allowed herself to be put down. But wanted to immediately walk away from the water and only with tightly gripping my hand (much tighter than she normally does).

Yes. We have a weird kid. But hey, look at the parents. We should count ourselves lucky, I guess.

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1. Estelle Heron - June 27, 2008

This reaction to water is just a phase, s-i-l. Last year she was swimming at the cottage, trying to drink the lake water. Give her time. your m-i-l.

2. carlbrannen - June 28, 2008

I think this is perfectly normal behavior. Uh, I generally don’t like sun, or beaches, or the ocean, but I liked the first beer I drank.

3. gordonwatts - June 28, 2008

We have recently found out this is common in babies — the sand, apparently, is not stable ground and that really bothers them.🙂 Carl… well, I don’t know what to say.😉

4. metuchentw - July 10, 2008

Beer was a taste acquired very late,
at least for this ancestor.

5. gordonwatts - July 11, 2008

Julia seems to pick up things like sand very quickly. No word for a while on the beer, Dad.


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