People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it has gone. Our move inland from the seaside earlier this year has made us appreciate visiting the seaside much more. When we had it on our doorstep we were complacent. It was somewhere we would park the car next to when we completed the school run each day. It was somewhere the kids could burn off a little excess energy if we were early or hanging around for Roo to finish one of her sports clubs.
Now that we live away from the seaside I miss it. I miss the sea breeze, I miss the promenade to walk along and I miss looking out over the sea and watching the waves crashing against the sand.
With Mr Boo on a day off from work and nothing planned we decided to jump in the car and head to Hunstanton for the afternoon. We have Merlin Annual Passes so had planned to visit the Sealife Centre at some point over the summer so thought that we’d kill two birds with one stone.
We’d opted to wander through the Sealife Centre first before taking a stroll along the promenade. As I looked across the beach out to the sea that relaxing feeling I’d been searching for rolled over me. With the wind blowing against our faces, the sun in our eyes and the beach within touching distance we just stood there and gazed out across the open sea.
Roo and Tigger were eager to get onto the beach and walk across the shingles. With the Piglet’s pushchair with us I reluctantly stayed up on the promenade whilst Mr Boo took all three children down onto the beach to walk along and take in the fresh sea breeze.
Although I was left holding the pushchair it allowed me to gaze upon my little family and thank my lucky stars that they are all mine. We have our moments but when it comes to it, we are a family, for better or for worse.