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A Sandy Etch-A-Sketch

On vacation, my youngest reminded me to be in the moment.  She had grabbed one of my pencils and began drawing in the sand.  The best sand is damp sand however it’s damp because it is near the water.  The ocean has a habit of sending waves of water on the beach.  Kind of the attraction – the water and waves.

As my daughter drew pictures in the wet sand I realized how I need to be in the moment.  She was drawing quickly because a wave would soon be washing all of it away.  She made her drawings, refined them when time, and enjoyed the process of making them.  No pretense about it lasting forever, or for 5 minutes for that matter.

She drew something and then the wave smoothed it away.  What did she do?  Drew another.  It was like a self erasing Etch-A-Sketch.  Sometimes the waves caught her in the middle of a drawing.  She just started another.  She enjoyed each drawing she made and then let it go.  That moment had passed and she was into the next moment.

Vacations are restorative- even it is a virtual vacation!  There’s still plenty of time to join in and win the giveaway! All the details are here.


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  • Corrine June 12, 2012, 2:41 pm

    It was so fun to watch her really get into the process and enjoy the sand and the stick! Great music choice…xox

  • Cynthia June 12, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Your daughter is sooo talented!!! =D Thanks for posting all these gorgeous photos too–I’ve enjoyed the brief dream vacation moments!!

  • Rita McGregor June 12, 2012, 11:37 pm

    What fun she was having! I hope she always remembers this vacation. 😉

  • Valerie-Jael June 13, 2012, 2:55 am

    I love watching kids drawing, they have such a total abandon, and what they make is full of energy and life. Your little girl has talent! Valerie

  • Piarom June 13, 2012, 6:52 am

    what a great lesson your daughter gave us! So this day your daughter will help me draw one sandpainting after another and BEEEE ♥♥♥ give her a kiss!

  • Nora Clemens-Gallo June 13, 2012, 9:27 pm

    WOW!!! Your daughter has a lot of talent. I enjoy watching all her illustrations came alive. Beautiful!!
    Your vacations seems amazing!!
    Have a great day!

  • Julie June 14, 2012, 9:20 am

    Wow – she is awesome – very talented. I couldn’t even begin to think of something to draw.

  • Rinda June 14, 2012, 11:23 am

    What an awesome post today! I love the picture of the gulls and the description of your daughter and her/your thoughts on drawing and the waves!

  • Tonya Davidson June 14, 2012, 1:12 pm

    VERY neat! Your daughter has such an illustrative skill and very talented!! Loved the video!