One of the most remarkable things about being a parent is watching your children experience new things and realizing that quite often they possess remarkable talents and traits that you do not.
What I’m trying to tell ya’ll is I’m a huge mess of wimpiness. I’m that person you do not want to be stranded on a desert island with. Roughing it for me is spotty WiFi and being 30 miles away from the nearest Target.
Not so wimpy.
After our awesome beach vacation on Jekyll Island we had planned an overnight stay on Tybee Island, Georgia, just north of beautiful Savannah. We have a good friend who graduated with me during my big hair high school days in the 80s who now lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and three girls. They spend the bulk of their summers on Tybee, though. All their girls surf and their oldest daughter Georgia, who is 11, has placed in numerous competitions. Our friend promised to give the girls their first surfing lesson and they were bouncing off the walls with excitement.
We set out for the beach shortly after arriving on Tybee. The rougher than usual surf didn’t discourage the girls in the least. The surf had also stirred up jellyfish. Our friends’ middle daughter got stung a couple of times on her legs and then Miss A got stung somewhere inbetween her legs, so let’s just cut to the chase and say the crotch area.
That’s right…she got STUNG IN THE CROTCH.
Miss A came running on to the shore tearful and grabbing herself in a Michael Jackson sort of way. Hugs and kisses were administered and she sat down for a few minutes in a beach chair. The jellyfish must have just barely grazed her, thankfully, because I couldn’t find any marks on her anywhere at all and after a brief tearful break from the ocean and a cold drink and snack she was ready to run back into the waves again.
I know if that had been me I would have called it a day and been content to build sand castles all afternoon, but not Miss A. I’m so thankful my girls are tough and tenacious. I could learn a thing or two from them.
Do your kids ever surprise you with their talents?
The girls get a quick tutorial on how to balance on their boards.
Miss C heading out to catch a wave.
Hang ten Miss C!
Miss C looking like a seasoned surfer girl.
Miss A, aka Gidget, perfects her form.