The exception is the beach.
It has the following things going for it:
b) castle-making sand
c) deliciously salty breeze
d) soothing sounds from crashing waves
e) an appealing blue/green color
f) possibility of whale/dolphin spotting
g) crucially, availability of bathrooms
But I do mind the insistent way he immediately heads for the door, stopping only to grab his shoes along the way. Still clad in his footed pajamas. So then we have to be the spirit crushers, and by definition, the tantrum midwives, reining in the excitement and telling him that we can’t go right this minute. Preparations still need to be completed.
I used to raise an eyebrow at the beachgoers lugging around bag upon bag just to spend a few hours in surf and sand. Now I get it. I am now the person I never wanted to be.
In order to go to the beach with even one child, things are needed – bottles of water, food, toys, sand castle toys, extra clothes, food, blankets, camera, food, large trucks to roll over the sand and haul rocks, containers for rock collecting. Food is clearly a most necessary part of the beach-going experience. It can’t just be any food. It has to be the right kind of food - handling heat well, tasting good, curbing hunger, portability.
Finally, and it has gotten easier with repetition, provisions are obtained and gathered, and we get to the beach. And after having to spend inordinate amounts of time running after a little guy and stopping him from running right into the ocean and being swept away by a wave, and after spending time in the sun and in the sand and trying not to fall when running after the toddler and making attempts at not twisting an ankle while traipsing along on all the rocks on the shore, one most definitely gets hungry.
So we sit down on our garishly, outlandishly, colored beach towels imprinted with ridiculously clichéd images of flip flips and beach balls, and pull some things out from the designated “Food Bag” for a beach picnic. Like Quaker’s Mixed Berry Cookie. It totally fits our beach needs - doesn’t melt in the sun, sweet berries in a whole grain cookie make for deliciousness, curbs hunger with those 10 grams of whole grains per serving and all that fiber, and it is quite portable. These cookies have become part of the beach food arsenal.
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