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Paddling with My Sweetheart


Such a glorious day! The sun was shining, the sand was hot, and the water inviting.
Oh what fun to take our shoes and socks off, roll up our trousers or knicker-pin our skirts, and go paddling at the seaside. How we laughed as the sand oozed between our toes, and squealed when the cold water hit our skin, just like a couple of kids.
On really hot days, we’d just stand there up to our ankles eating ice cream cones which melted quicker than we could lick them.

George rubbed his eyes and hoped no-one noticed the tears fall.
Esme had been gone two years now, but still they came here to the beach, part of  their caravan holiday, two weeks of the family together.
Except they weren’t all together now. Esme wasn’t there to keep them in line, smooth in the sunscreen or bathe the missed spots that had burnt with calamine.
How he missed her, the way she made sure he had his sunglasses and sunhat, keeping him to the shade so that he didn’t get too hot or uncomfortable.
Karen fussed over him, but she wasn’t her mother.
‘I know Dad,’ she said softly, adjusting the parasol. ‘We miss her too.’
George smiled sadly, raising her hand to his lips.
‘Shall we all go paddling?’ he said.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt – Select a Heading

  1. Michael says:

    Beautifully written Di.

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