There is something so magical about watching a child learn, explore and enjoy life. Their laugh is so pure that you can't help but feel it resonate through your own soul.
We had a couple of short family days and I'm now back feeling perfectly refreshed. The little one had a ball frolicking in the water and sun, as did we along with her.
It's wonderful to be reminded of a time that so much around you is brand new. New sensations, things all around you to see for the very first time. Walking along the beach we found a pristine white feather. I explained what it was and how it probably came from one of the birds in front of us. She held it up high and walked towards the seagulls wanting to return it to its rightful owner.
After an early morning play along the beach we told her that we were going to a place to see lots of fish and other water animals. Each time she told me (or rather gestured - she's not really talking much yet) that we'd see a crocodile, with a "snappity-snap" with her hands. I didn't think there would be one there, but to my surprise, it was one of the first creatures we encountered. She was delighted and sat by its enclosure as it lay basking in the sun.
She marvelled at seals, was enthralled by fish and amazed by sharks as they swam beside and above her.
Our lovely little trip ended with delicious (gf) fish and chips in the park beside the beach.
Home again, we feel like we've had a week's holiday rather than just a couple of days. We're refreshed, revived and have vowed to do this more often.