children screaming with
delight link generations
Adapted from a paragraph in the EB White essay, Once More to the Lake.
Mr. White wrote: Afterward the calm, the rain steadily rustling in the calm lake, the return of light and hope and spirits, and the campers running out in joy and relief to go swimming in the rain, their bright cries perpetuating the deathless joke about how they were getting simply drenched, and the children screaming with delight at the new sensation of bathing in the rain, and the joke about getting drenched linking the generations in a strong indestructible chain.
My grand daughter was in town for a short visit and we were only able to squeeze in a quick trip to the beach.
The weather did not cooperate and instead of sunshine, sand and surf, we had gray skies and gray waves.
For May along the coast, the temperate was cool and the water was warmer than then air.
My grand daughter didn’t care and no matter how much we explained the time crunch and the uninviting weather, she was determined to see the water.
We walked out together along the walkways through the swamps.
She kept an eye out for alligators.
We got to the sand and got out of our shoes and barefooted, we walked down to the water.
With your toes in the Atlantic Ocean, I like to say, you have the entire country in back of you all the way to the Pacific.
My grand daughter didn’t mention the gray sky.
My grand daughter didn’t mention the gray waves.
My grand daughter didn’t mention that is was somewhat cool if not cold there on the beach.
She took my hand and walked into the water and wave after wave washed over our feet.
The occasion bigger wave would splash in and she would grab my arm and jump and I would lift her out of the way and set her back down.
And she would scream with delight.
Standing there, holding my hand, she looked out at the horizon.
“Poppa,” she said, “I love the ocean.”