There are few places I’ve ever been where the sum total of all those visiting are having an enjoyable time. The beach ‘does it’ for everyone! Sure, you’ll see the occasional gloomy wanderer looking like they’re pondering the meaning of life, but they’ve chosen the beach as the place to ponder.
The beach, for me, is a refreshing and inspiring place to be. It’s cleansing. It takes me to my childhood and memories of games of beach cricket, burying my dad in the sand, boogie boards and greasy sunscreen.
This morning I took the boys to the beach. We hung out for 3 and a half hours. There’s no other place on the planet that holds their attention for that long. I love the beach, my boys love the beach and, the evidence suggests our four legged friends do too.
Have you never, when waves were breaking, watched children at sport on the beach,
with their little feet tempting the foam-fringe, till with stronger and further reach
than they dreamed of, a billow comes bursting, how they turn and scamper and screech!
ALFRED AUSTIN, \”A Woman\’s Apology\”