Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vignette: The Explorers


The wind is cold. A damp cold; a salty, misty chill that makes the grown-ups shiver and stamp their feet. The grown-ups stay far back from the surf, admiring the waves but knowing all too well how uncomfortable wet socks can be on a 35-degree day.

We are utterly debilitated by knowledge of the world.

But not The Explorers. Being on the beach in the winter -- this is a whole new world. They are adventurers, discovering this familiar territory anew in this unfamiliar season. They are utterly free, digging for treasure and letting their game unfold.

Though their lips turn blue, The Explorers do not feel the cold. They are simply alive, so utterly present in this moment of their young lives.

I am old. I am shivering and stamping my feet. But I am watching The Explorers. And for a moment, I am present with them, on a beach in winter.


This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge, courtesy of SteadyMom. Thanks for the inspiration, Jamie!


  1. Wow! What a great post!

    Love the pics, too!

  2. Oh wow I love the beach in winter. Is this a Maryland beach? It is much prettier than Sandy Point were we often go. Sandy Point has tons of clay and rocks in the sand. It is fun, but not as pretty as this one.


  3. These pics were taken at Popham Beach in Maine -- one of the most beautiful beaches I've been to, in any season. :)

  4. I just totally love this post! We also live at the seaside and winter is so the best time without tourists and chaos... it is so much more peaceful and adventure laden...

  5. I thought I would check in again just to see if this beautiful beach was in MD. Today is supposed to be 50 degrees here and we are going to make a trip to our beach to celebrate!