Sunday, June 22, 2008

Oyster Shell Dancing

Before dinner last night, we decided to take the kids for a walk on the beach. It was a perfectly mild and clear evening for doing so. The tide was coming in and the beach was almost empty of people.

It was Addison's first time walking on sand by herself. Aidan, however, is an old salt already. He likes to run and collect seashells and rocks to place them in the little red bucket that Addison had slung over her wrist like a purse. He had me write his name in the sand and we studied the little crabs we found left on the rocks.

Addison was slow and thoughtful as we made our way along. Aidan and daddy had run ahead to explore. At one point, we came across an older man and a young woman working on cleaning oyster shells. They were silent as they worked, but the clank and thud of their instruments on the oyster shells made a simple beat with the water as a constant background.

Noticing this sound, Addison came to a halt and filled my heart with a huge smile as she dropped her bucket and began to dance. She wiggled her hips, moved her hands in the air, and smiled as she lifted her feet up and down on the sand. No one else noticed.

My daughter heard beauty that no one else heard in the music of oyster shells.

I was lucky to witness.

82 comments:

Robbie S.Redmon, LPC said...

Oh, this is such a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your moment of heaven.

James' Mommy said...

What a beautiful story. My son does things like this too. It is amazing what they pick up.

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Beautiful writing about a beautiful moment... It's so easy to not be mindful, to not be listening to the music of the oyster shells. And good for you to be mindful enough to see the magic of your daughter's special dance!

Rbarakat said...

Aww that is so cute!

Whispering Writer said...

Wow, what a precious story.
Happy SITS day, I will be back to read you again. In fact, I think I will follow you right now, I have really enjoyed the posts I have perused.

~ Becky
http://beckyandjames.com

Molly said...

Lovely!

Hillori said...

Having children can help us see the simple pleasures in everyday things. Thank-you for helping all to see that...

Tammy Howard said...

This is just lovely.

Cassie said...

That is *so* sweet & cute! She must be a little darling.

cat said...

That is a magic moment to cherish forever. Greetings from South Africa.

meandtheblueskies.com said...

How sweet. Sometimes it's the really little things that make such beautiful memories. Congrats on your SITS day.

Jennifer Juniper said...

To see the world through their eyes is so fresh, isn't it? I love to witness this sort of thing and try to change my own perspective once in awhile. Beautiful story.

Happy sits :)

Creative Junkie said...

That is so sweet!

Pam said...

How sweet! Sometimes we need to be reminded to look (and listen) to the world through a child's eyes.

Janna Bee said...

What a beautiful story. I can totally picture it!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautifully written!!!

Brandy said...

soooo sweet. happy SITS day.

Michelle said...

HOW precious. That's life!

Joy said...

How sweet it is!

Ashley said...

HAPPY SITS DAY!
This is a beautiful memory... thanks for sharing!
Have a great one!

Lea Ann said...

What a sweet little moment for you!

glenna said...

Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

Brandy said...

That's so cute!

Happy SITS day!

Laura said...

Happy SITS Day!!

Bethany said...

I love the beach- what a fabulous post! :)

Anita said...

So sweet.
Stopping by from SITS!

Cammie said...

Happy SITS day......your featured posts were beautiful!!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

A magic moment that you will never forget. As Addison grows up and reads your posts about her, she will remember....dancing on the beach.

Now I get to carry this image around in my heart of a beautiful little person dancing with joy...putting that joy into her mother's heart. Thank you.

Marshmallow Circus said...

Such a beautiful post!!!

Tonya said...

I can picture it now...what a beautiful day!

Industrioushead said...

I love it! This is a true celebration of life!

Java Cupcake said...

Gotta love the innocence and imagination of our children!

Happy SITS day! :) xoxo

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I could picture this. You captured a beautiful moment.

Collier Chronicles said...

Beautiful

Jadehollow said...

Awwww oh my gosh how precious. I just love your writing and stories. Beautiful story.. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Happy SITS Day! Excellant Choice on SITS Blog pick of the day!
Blessed Hugs,
Debbie

Laura said...

such a cute story! :)

Amy said...

How sweet is that.

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful moment and a wonderful mom you are for noticing it.

hellosweetworld said...

That's a great story! Happy SITS day!

Lisa said...

Ahhh....it's in those moments everything else falls by the wayside and we see true beauty radiate from our children!!
Love your blog!!

Amy said...

How sweet :)

StacieinAtlanta said...

Gotta love the innocence of a child!!

Happy SITS Day!

Stacie
http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com

Little Miss Baker said...

uhhh do you write novels?! haha beautiful! enjoy your special day! what a nice start to a monday :)

Becky said...

Don't you love that you get to be there in those simple moments. I just posted about those times. I LOVE it. I am glad that you were able to take it in. :)

TMWW said...

What an absolute treasure for you to not only witness but to have your daughter experience! I adore the ocean and the beach and plan on retiring at one in my old age LOL...but until then, I take every opportunity I can to take my children to the beach and allow them the wonder and joy that I find there as well. There's nothing more magical than the beach!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Lovely

shortmama said...

So sweet!

Lissa K said...

I love this! What a blessing for you to have noticed and,
for us, that you wrote about it!
Happy SITS day!

Kara said...

Congrats on being Saucy for the day!

You are a talented writer and I have thoroughly enjoyed every post I have read. Thank you!!

Rachel said...

Oh how cute!

Jessica said...

Ugh... this brought tears to my eyes (I'm obviously emotional anyway, I guess)! I feel like those moments are pure magic, like someone just flew over me sprinkling fairy dust and this precious little moment suddenly sprouts.

You're lucky to see them, too :)

imogenci said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes...

I think everyone's day would be just a tad brighter upon reading it (!!) so -with your permission- I''d like to link to it from my blog...

Take care :)

Kristi said...

How precious!!! I love it when my son dances to the beeping of trucks backing up. :)

Mrs. S said...

What a sweet memory you have to cherish forever. :)

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

That's one reason I love children so much - they see & hear beauty in things we would never think to see or hear it. What a special moment.

Days of Whine & Noses said...

We took my littlest one to the beach for the 1st time 2 years ago (so she was a few months short of her 2nd birthday) and I never saw her so free! She ran forever and we have the most wonderful pictures of both girls from that trip

Marrdy said...

What a beautiful post! If we could only keep ahold of that childhood innocence!

Mandy said...

Your posts are so thought provoking. I am very glad I stopped to read today. :)

Mandy Mae said...

They are incredible little beings. Aren't we lucky to behold the sight of them, and to witness their marvels?

Vickie said...

This was a sweet and precious post:)

Jenkins said...

Melt my heart.
that is beautiful.

the future mrs. smith said...

its mothers like you i keep finding on SITS that are pushing me a little closer to being ready for motherhood. your daughter seems unbelievably previous... i hope to be so lucky someday.

Mandy said...

I love that kids can bring us back to the simple things. Like running in the sprinklers or jumping on a trampoline. Thanks for the post!

Mighty M said...

What a wonderful post - I can totally visualize the scene in my head and it makes me think of my own children, my daughter who has such an imagination. Kids are so cool!

Mama Kat said...

Awwww...and how great that you now have it recorded! :)

foxy said...

What a special moment! Love it :)

MommyAmy said...

Super cute! Can't wait till our next beach trip. :)

{Katie Lane} said...

Lovely post.

Jen said...

Wow that is really cool!

Michelle said...

What a sweet, happy and self-confident little girl you're raising. And how very cool for you!

Angie Marion said...

sounds like fun!

Allison D said...

guess that is how Stomp got started. She sounds amazing

AP said...

precious!! happy SITS day

rockanddrool said...

i'm here through sits.
and THAT was a BEAUTIFUL post!
thank you for sharing it in such a way that i could actually picture it!

Jodi said...

What a sweet story. I have enjoyed your blog today! Children are wonderful, they really make us see things in a different light, huh?

Happy SITS:)

Jessica said...

How cute!!

Ali said...

So sweet--thank you for sharing!

Tanielle said...

I am sooo excited to follow you!!! Love these posts you shared today!!!

This was so sweet!

Controlling My Chaos said...

So sweet. :)

Fresh Mommy said...

How sweet and precious!! I love the joys kids can find that we can easily pass by!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Rachael said...

What a beautiful moment! You captured it so well.

Charmaine @ randalswife said...

Oh... You made me cry a little - that was so beautifully written. I totally imagined it in my head.