Bring Them to the Ocean

I grew up by the ocean.
I've been away for so long that I sometimes forget the magic that it holds.
Until I roll down the window, as we approach, and breathe in the salt air. 
To me, it feels like home.
And then to watch my children explore and enjoy it...  I am reminded of how important it is for kids to experience this.  Even if it is only once. 
The lapping of the water on the shore.  The shocking cold if that first dip. The endless horizon before you.
The collecting of shells and building of sand castles.  Leaving footprints and watching them wash away.

The more you have it, the harder it is to go without.
We are already planning our next trip.

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