I consider myself a beach girl, but the truth is we hardly ever go there. Not because it’s too far away (Half Moon Bay is about a 30-minute drive). Or because taking kids is too labor intensive (it’s not much more work than a day at the baby pool). But because years of living on Southern California beaches have spoiled Lenny and me. While Northern California has a lot of things going for it, it’s sorely missing the soft white sand, the sunny summer mornings and, most importantly, the warm water. So when we had a quiet day in San Diego visiting Lenny’s family, I was thrilled to head to Del Mar—our first trip to the beach this summer. And it was even more magical than I had imagined.
Lesson #1: Having kids who wake up at the crack of dawn has its advantages. Like parking spots.
Lesson #2: A few early clouds don’t stop surfers—or little boys—from surrendering themselves to the waves.
Lesson #3: Feeling the tickle of sand crabs in your hands is just as thrilling at age 35 as it is at 5.
Lesson #4: When the only thing louder than the sound of crashing waves is your kids’ delighted squeals, there’s no question that life is good.
Lesson #5: Try as you might to resist the force of the ocean, it always pulls you back in.
It may be awhile before we return to our favorite So Cal spots, but we’ll always have Del Mar.