Beach Walkers

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For visually challenged writers, the image below shows a stretch of coastline with a variety of walkers making their way along it.
Simon was sulking because he didn’t want to go out today.  He wanted to stay in and watch videos or play games on his computer.
But oh no. Mam decided they were all going for a car ride and promised he would enjoy it.
Simon was not impressed and determined to spoil everyone’s day by his bad mood.
He whinged all the way on the journey, not even pacified with a shake and burger for lunch. He ate them, but didn’t let on how much he’d enjoyed them because he didn’t want to give an inch.
Mam parked the car and got Alice strapped into her stroller. Being just a baby, well almost two, she slept most of the way while he looked sullenly out of the window.  Now awake, Alice was content with her pacifier in her gob and big blues eyes taking it all in.
‘Where are we?’ he demanded rudely.
‘I used to come here a lot,’ Jayne replied. Before the kids came along, when she needed to get out of the house, the beach had always been her bolt hole.
Simon walked to edge of the car park and did a double take.
‘Where did the sea go?’ he said.
‘The tide’s out, and that’s what going to make our trip interesting.’
‘Why? It’s a beach. Beaches have sand, and there’s an awful lot of sand! I hope you’re not expecting me to go swimming or paddling. The water’s miles away!’
‘Did I ask you to bring a towel and swimming trunks?’ Jayne asked patiently, secretly wanting to shake him out of the doldrums and give her a break from his surliness.
‘Well, I’m not going to build sand castles either. That’s childish!’
Controlling her own temper, Jayne said
‘You’re nine Simon and I don’t expect you to do anything. We are going for a walk along the beach and who knows, maybe you’ll find something, or even learn something! Come on.’
Pushing Alice, Jayne set off and Simon reluctantly followed her.
The pathway down wasn’t as steep as he’d thought and the beach was quite busy.
The sand was surprisingly firm so the stroller didn’t get bogged down, and he was fascinated to see people with detectors scanning the areas around them.
‘What are they doing?’ he asked.
‘Looking for treasure, or metal or anything that may interest them or be worth anything.’
‘Why can’t they just collect shells like other people?’
‘Because,’ Jayne said, ‘ this beach is loaded with history about dinosaurs, smugglers, wrecked ships and sharks!’
‘SHARKS?’ Simon squeaked.
Knowing she finally had his attention, Jayne said that the necklace she wore was made from sharks teeth gathered by his Dad from this very beach.
‘Let me have a look then!’ he said. ‘I’m gonna find me some…………….’

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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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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35 Responses to Beach Walkers

  1. Sadje says:

    Very clever story Di.

  2. That is so spot on. Kids will try to drag out their misery to make everyone, or try and make everyone, just as miserable. I was lucky with my kids. They loved going anywhere new

  3. This took me back to my childhood days when we used to visit Camber Sands at low tide and go digging in the wet sand for cockles!

  4. Carol anne says:

    She won him over! ❤ ❤

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Mum won the day 💜

  6. murisopsis says:

    Such a great character study of the 9 year old psyche! My boys were generally up for an adventure. I’ll always remember Disney World when they saw such bad behavior in other people’s kids and in a quiet voice told me “Those kids have entered the cranky zone! Maybe they need naps or something to eat!”

  7. KL Caley says:

    😂 Mum always knows best (and children definitely like to test your patience at times). Great post. Thank you so much for sharing with us and joining in with #writephoto. KL ❤

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  9. parikhit says:

    She just knows how to get their attention! Mothers are indeed slyly smart 😀
    Beautiful story.

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  11. This could have been about my youngest son. thanks for a fun read.

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