I have snorkeled in the Seychelles and Belize and been swimming with the pearl divers in Fiji but being in the ocean is really "not my thing". I don't like sand that I can't seem to get rid of and I am not sure what I am going to encounter as I venture out into the water. But I do enjoy the wonder of the ocean; particularly in the early morning or evening when things are calm and I can watch the sunrise or the moonlight dancing on the water.
This summer, however, seeing the shear love of the beach and ocean from my grandchildren's point of view gives me their perspective. After camp is out the first thing they want to do is go to the beach and play in the ocean. To them the ocean is to enjoy and have fun in and they are totally at home there. I can hardly tear them away to go in for dinner. I take my reading and keep a watchful eye on them and enjoy their fun vicariously. I hope that they will always have these wonderful oceans to enjoy and that they will grown up with a deep appreciation for what the oceans give us and how we must honor and take care of them.