Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beach day

On Thursday Liza and I went with some friends to Huntington Beach, which is on Lake Erie. It was very weird to be there on a day when it was warm and sunny and filled with people, given the times of year we normally visit.

The water was unseasonably warm, and Liza and her friends had a good time jumping in the waves. I went in with Liza, and she held onto my hands and jumped every time a big wave came in ... which meant that I did the equivalent of about 400 bicep curls with a 40-pound kid. She also was willing to try swimming back into shore (so she didn't get a face full of waves), as long as I kept an arm around her waist to help support her in the water. She's got all the swimming stuff down except the part where your butt stays up near the top of the water. If you could swim while positioned vertically in the water, she'd be golden.

Once the surf got too rough and the lifeguards suspended swimming (my biceps: "thank god for this break"), the girls were still allowed to play at the very edge of the water ... while Mrs. Happy and I sat on a blanket in the shade of the cliff at the back of the beach. It's good to have a moderately responsible teenager around for these beach trips!


MrsHappy7105 said...

Thank you for calling her a "moderately" responsible girl. Some days I do wonder; however, that day she did well playing with the girls. She had just as much fun as you did helping the girls "jump" the waves.

mlf said...

The surf got too rough? On Lake Erie?

That's like my 9 year old complaining that its too cold to go swimming in Texas in July.