Imitation Is the Highest Form of Flattery (#428)

We have two more full days here in Charlie’s true home and I decided to try something new.
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I took a gulp of air, closed my eyes, and ducked down under an oncoming wave. The water moved like barely quivering jelly all around me and then I jumped back up to the air, careful to turn my face east in case another wave was coming.

It was the first time I have gone under a wave—-salt water and contact lenses (mine) do not make for a good combination.

I have been venturing farther and farther away from the shore to see how fully Charlie smiles while riding high on his boogie board. And I suppose after watching Charlie turn his face so easily right into the waters of a rising wave for the nth time, I thought I might as well try it myself. My eyes stung, my head spun, and the under-wave sensation proved so infectious I had to do it again—-to do it just like Charlie.
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After hitching a piggyback ride atop Jim’s shoulders into the ocean this afternoon, Charlie put his face in and swam, merry and vigorous, out to sea. (Jim laughed and followed.)
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The ocean was full of round gelatinous things (“eeuuuw! jellyfish!” squealed another child), and strips of seaweed, and some tiny emerald and black fish who swam in a school just above the surface of the water.

“Lots of life in the ocean today,” said Jim.

You can say that again.

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2 Responses to “Imitation Is the Highest Form of Flattery (#428)”
  1. Liz says:

    Bravo for you, getting your head under water. I have gotten a tremendous amount of vicarious satisfaction from your accounts of vacation time.

    I don’t wear contacts, but lately I always wear goggles when in the ocean.

  2. I’ve never been comfortable wearing goggles—-Charlie got the sads today at the prospect of leaving.

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