Bring It On

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playing in the ocean (photo by Wendy Kennar)

On our yearly trip to Cambria, I watched my son “facing off” with the ocean.  He stood at its edge, barefoot, with his jeans rolled up.  He was ready and waiting.

“Oh yeah!”

“Bring it on!”

“Come on!”

Last year during our trip, we had spent some extra time at the beach before heading home.  We’d played.  We’d collected rocks.  And then suddenly the ocean surprised us with a wave that knocked us down and saturated our clothes.

For a while, Ryan had said he wouldn’t want to play down by the ocean again.  Ever.

But that was last year.  And this year, he was back at it.  Over and over, he approached the incoming water, ready to feel the shock of cold on his bare feet and legs.

He was excited.  Eager.  Fearless. 

I wanted to capture his “go-get-’em” attitude and bring it home with me.  Keep it, so I’d have it available to dispense to him in the future, when fear may try to hold him back. 

Because I know from experience, that the older you get, the more difficult it can be to approach the world with a “bring it on” attitude. 

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