The First Day of Vacation

Seeing my daughter in the waves of Myrtle Beach has been awesome.  And this is only day one!  To see the lack of fear in her and the desire to be outside and in the waves reminds me of me when I was her age.  The sights and sounds were what I hoped it’d be, quiet, family playing all around me, distinctively lacking any party scene.  North Myrtle Beach is a good place to take family.

Jocelyn wanted to go out in the waves with her little inflatable inner tube around her waist.  She found out really quick that this isn’t the lake and the ocean shows no mercy for her 43lb frame.  She also found out really quick that the tide moved at an angle, pushing her farther and farther up the coast.  The joy in her eyes though.  Instead of being scared, she thought it was hilarious that the waves would knock her on her butt.   I didn’t hear any whining or crying that saltwater got in her nose.  She eventually let me pick her up and take her out into the deeper water.   Now I’m not dumb, I wasn’t treading water with her in my arms.  I was out just deep enough that I could still jump and have most of her body up over the waves.  She thought this was so fun.  I’m not really sure who had more fun, Jocelyn or me.  I love doing the daddy things with her.  She is so excited to wake up and go to the beach again.  She keeps telling me, “daddy, we still get to go to the beach TWO MORE TIMES today!” Not sure where she got that from but I’ll still probably take her to the pool later.  

Early this morning before we left, Jocelyn runs up to me..”daddy!!! My heart is beating!!!!”  As funny as this is, and as much as I wanted to say, “yes it is, if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be alive!”  I didn’t say that.  I just smiled because that Is who she is.   That little girl is so happy to be alive.  Her little heart is filled with so much joy.  I do my best to be a contributing factor to that.  I know there is so much more that goes into a little girls heart, but there is always a special place for daddy.  That girl is my everything.  She even has the tan skin to match her daddy.  So tomorrow, we will venture back out into the shark infested waters of South Carolina.  Why? Because that’s what Spartans do.  AROO!


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