As I may have mentioned, we were at the beach all last week. While there, my mother shared with me the above photo of my reaction to the ocean on being introduced to it in 1954.
I look at it, and I know exactly what I was thinking: “It’s WET, and it’s SANDY and the SUN is RIGHT in my EYES! What are you people DOING to me?!?!?”
That’s my Dad, the career sailor, doing his best to bravely smile through his son’s disgraceful, lubberly behavior.
Just to let you know that the Warthen stock has gotten hardier over time, and improved its attitude (maybe there’s something to that evolution stuff), below you will see a photo I took of my grandson at about the same age (last summer), charging into the surf laughing.
He was just as enthusiastic this year, but this photo captured the contrast so well.
Anyway, we had a great time. Even I did.