Sunday, April 15, 2007

The World's Largest Sandbox

It was a beautifully warm and sunshiney day today, so we donned shorts (at least, the girls wore shorts -- I haven't had the heart to traumatize everyone with my pale legs in shorts!) and headed to the beach.

We managed to stay dry this time. In fact, Maya never got anywhere near the water. Zoe only went to the water to fill up her bucket to wet down dry sand to aid in building. Both girls treated the beach like the world's largest sandbox! The girls were thrilled to inaugerate their new buckets and shovels (we've already managed to break one shovel -- no surprise!). As you can see in the picture, Zoe tried for a sand castle this time, but didn't quite make it!

Zoe says: "I got a little sandy but the wind managed to blow off some of the sand. We had so much fun at the beach. Every time we go to the beach my hands get sandy so I go stand in the ocean, and when the waves come, I wash my hands. I helped Maya get the sand off her feet so she could put her shoes back on before we left. Mama could do her own, and so could I. Maybe when Mimi comes to visit us we can go to the beach together."


mimifrancoise said...

You bet we will go the beach! I was a beach girl growing up and that's where your father and I met more than fifty years ago. You know that if you sprinkle talcum powder on legs/feet the sand will fall off. I am glad you had a good time.

Wendy said...

I love the beach. I wish we lived near one now, I know Madeline would love it too.

On another topic, I noticed in a previous post when you visited the temple you discussed the people begging. My daughter, from Guangxi, has limb difference. From her history we know she was very embarrassed in China and was told to feel ashamed (from strangers, not her foster family). We also saw so many people with different physical differences resorting to lives on the streets.
Now that you are living there, could you provide insight on what type of lives most people have with physical differences, is it really the only way to survive--begging? If possible, could you find out the opinions of the younger people on how they view people, who although totally brilliant of mind, but have physical differences are treated in society and the futures they would have? We have always wanted to live in China temp. as Madeline was growing up, but with what I have heard here and in other blogs it might not be a good idea.

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