Hang Ten, Hang Tough

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.

My girls?

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.


  1. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    How cool! Except for the whole jellyfish/crotch incident. My kids surprise me frequently. And it’s usually when I let them try something new and keep my mouth shut…otherwise I ruin it by being overprotective or telling them “they might not be good at it so don’t worry…” Bleh!

  2. Katrina says:

    I can’t believe Miss A was stung in the crotch and kept going! What a tough girl! Looks like they had a great time. Love the photos!

  3. Jamie says:

    She is a tough one…they both are! I have so many pictures from our trip. I loved watching them surf. So fun. Surfing may have to go on my bucket list now. 😉

  4. Ryan Schoppe says:

    That is one of the best traits that kids have…their ability to get back on the horse. I wish I had the same determination and spirit!

  5. Mami2jcn says:

    Cute story.

    Yes, my kids surprise me all the time. They remember things I didn’t think they’d remember. For instance my 8 year old remembers things that happened when he was 3.

  6. Laurie Brown says:

    What a brave girl! If I had got stung in the crotch,I would have had to go home immediately,LOL!

  7. JoeyfromSC says:

    That looks like so much fun! I live only an hour or so from Myrtle Beach, and haven’t been in FOREVER lol

    Your pics and family fun have inspired me to finally go again!

  8. Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

    Great Photos!
    Man, I’ve got to get to the beach!!!
    Kids are always surprising me with their resilience and strength in innocence. My youngest (15 months) has had So many medical issues and he surprises me at every turn with his bravery, strength and plain old lust for life. My eldest child (11) surprises me in much more subtle ways and surprised the heck out of me just yesterday with her ability to shake off and forgive one rough and possibly ego shattering incident and go on being her sweet and innocent self!

  9. won says:

    It’s certainly not anywhere near what you were writing about in terms of talent…but in terms of strength and tenacity.

    It was my late daughter who, after learning her brain cancer was back, said “if we stay home, we’ll just sit and cry. Now let’s go to the party like we planned”, (Age 11).

    It was she who would wipe away MY tear when I had to give her her daily injections…telling me it’d be okay!

    Yes, they are amazing people.

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