Beach fail

I’ve always liked the idea of sitting on a beach quietly reading my book. It’s what you’re supposed to do, isn’t it?
It’s also something I’ve never managed, but we can all dream.
Funnily enough, my husband seems to manage to ‘rest his eyes’. He’s either chucking a frisbee, kicking a ball, walking along the beach or ‘resting his eyes’.
But I’m the one digging, walking the kids down to the sea, sorting the kids out with food and drink, hiking them across the beach to the toilet and most definitely not sitting down, reading or ‘resting my eyes’.
So when we went to our favourite beach, Trevone near Padstow, recently, I didn’t pack a book. I was weighed down with enough buckets, spades, drinks and towels without carrying more stuff I wouldn’t use.
Trevone beach had changed. I think it was something to do with the storms and floods last winter. Where it used to have a big stream pouring down the middle, now it has a large ‘lake’ at the top of the beach across the full width, which you have to wade through to get to the sand. My younger son loved skimming stones in this and it’s packed with little kids on body boards.
I walked to the sea with my daughter, I dug a big hole with the younger two, I dished out the drinks and the snacks – and suddenly I had nothing to do!
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My daughter was still digging her hole, my younger son was skimming his stones in the ‘lake’ and my terminally restless teenager (always wanting to know what are we doing next, are we going now?) was walking along the cliffs with Daddy Dad.
Both of the younger kids were safe, happy and in sight. But I was on my own! I had nothing to do!
I had half an hour of peace. The internet wasn’t working on my phone. I needed a book. But I didn’t have one.
It’s another sure sign that my kids are growing up. One day, I really could be one of those people that sits on the beach and reads

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It’s strange when you get some free time and all of a sudden you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself. I think learning how to chill out again takes a bit of getting used to! Looks like a good day though 🙂

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    • It is a very strange feeling! After 13 years of running round after the kids I struggle to remember what to do with myself. It was a lovely day, thanks, and I will definitely be taking my book next time!

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  2. I long for the day I’m not digging a hole, dishing out drinks or watching them like a hawk lol

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    • That’s still a long way off for you! It’s been a long enough time for me, but you’ve really dragged your out! 😉

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  3. It’s strange when those moments start coming around. With just one to occupy, I get those quite often now and it’s lovely, but slightly odd too.

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    • It is strange! I’ve been running round after kids for 13 years, but I think I could get used to it! 😉

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  4. This made me smile. I literally have the start of a post saved titled ‘dads on holiday vs mums on holiday’, as my hub also seems to go into ‘resting’ mode and I have to assume the role of his mother too! I didn’t take a book to the beach either though unlike you I didn’t miss it as mine are still young. It’s great, you can finally get a bit of you time though as I’m sure you’ve done more than your share over the years … I’d have probably rested my eyes for a bit instead 🙂

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    • I do hope you write that post! Why is it that men are able to relax and switch off? It’s just because they know they can rely on us to look after the kids, isn’t it? I would never ‘rest my eyes’. I don’t do relaxing or sleeping, but reading would have been perfect!

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  5. I still haven’t mastered the art of sitting still & reading a book on the beach despite the fact my daughters are all grown up! Keeping an eye on what they’re up to is always far more fascinating!
    Hope you get to read next time :o)

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    • I will definitely be taking my book next year! I can look up from it and check on the kids, join in with them bit and then have a lovely read 🙂

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  6. Must’ve been nice to relax at the beach, even if you didn’t have a book with you to read! Dropping in from Magic Moments.

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    • It was nice, thanks very much. It’s lovely to just sit there and look at the waves and the view.

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  7. I have the time now as mine are grown but I do remember all those happy seaside times. Looks like you had a fab day

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    • Thanks! It was lovely, a bit nippy though!

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  8. awww Sarah this is so something i would love the opportunity to do … its been too long since i sat on a beach and read … funny you should say that about your hubby .. mine rests his eyes all the time!!

    Glad you got some you time .. even if it was without a book lovely x

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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    • Husbands resting their eyes sounds like quite a common phenomenon! I bet it will be a few more years before you can sit on a beach and read.

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  9. I am so excited at the idea that relaxing on the beach in the future is not pure fiction!
    xx

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    • Yep, it really can happen! You will have to wait a few more years yet, though! x

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  10. It’s such a nice feeling when you can sit back and relax a little at the pool or beach while your kids play. Congratulations on getting to that point! 🙂 #magicmoments

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    • Thanks! It feels like quite a milestone 🙂

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  11. How lovely to get a few minutes to yourself, the beach can be great for that – there is always something to do. I never get to ‘rest my eyes’ either lol. #MagicMoments

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    • Ha ha, there is never chance to ‘rest your eyes’ when you have little ones!

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  12. I don’t do snoozing! It’s reading or boredom for me! Thanks, glad you like the pics 🙂

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  13. I have struggled with the constraints of parenting and I too am at that bit where I realise there are more and more moments where I can do what I want to do rather than what I should be doing. They are facing new milestones and so are we mums.
    Of course, that is tinged with sadness that soon they will hardly need us at all

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    • It is! It’s a bit strange that I can leave my son at home and really don’t have to consider him too much in our plans. It’s a strange, gradual transition. Thanks very much for commenting 🙂

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  14. !! What a shock that must have been! One of my best friends from school had quite a reclusive, distant Dad, but the one extremely valuable life lesson he taught her was “Always bring a book”. Wise words indeed.

    I was actually in the same situation at a big soft play place the other day. When we got there, the Girl had just fallen asleep and she stayed asleep through the trip up the stairs, through paying for an (EXPENSIVE) ticket and finding a spot to put my bag. I put her down on the sofa and she stayed asleep. Then the Boy was off, playing beautifully within sight and I was suddenly at leisure but, like you, without reading matter. I wish I’d heeded my friend’s Dad’s advice.

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    • Your friend’s dad was a wise man! It’s amazing how these opportunities can sneak up on us – even with very young children like yours! I would have been desperately reading menus and whatever food packaging I could find!

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  15. I don’t ever read books but on holiday with the kids playing I got some time too, in-between helping them build sun castles and fetching them water it was nice. I agree though, you are always watching them really there is no time for ‘resting your eyes’. #magicmoments

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    • Definitely no time for resting your eyes! Thanks very much 🙂

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