An Everlasting Experience

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Jumping with excitment.

A mother and son trip is a dream come true.  Before I begin my accounting, however, let me take you back a little bit.  I was the middle child in a group of six, and I never had the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with my mom.  Trips to the mall, restaurants, and grocery stores were always a family affair as there was always a brother or sister who had to come along.  I can still recall the one time that I had my mom to myself, as it was that rare and special: I was sixteen and she had offered to take me prom dress shopping in the bay area.    As I grew older and began to imagine the type of mothering experiences I would have with my own children, I determined that I would spend alone time with each and every one of my children.  My trip to Pescadero in October with my son, Pierce, was the realization of a mom’s dream.

Evil seal--right before this picture was taken, it tried to bite Pierce in the face
  My plan was for us to stay at a youth hostel (25$ per night), and spend the rest of the time walking along the beach.  As with every idealized dream, however, the reality was both profoundly more meaningful and more chaotic.J

The morning of departure took an hour longer than I had planned for as I found that getting a five-year-old to efficiently pack up his belongings is an adventure in and of itself.  We finally managed to load everything into my SUV, and the trip began.   Our first stop was in half moon bay at a roadside fruit stand.  Pierce felt that it was his mission in life to put his hands on every single fruit available.

My view the whole first day.
  I found myself repeatedly stating, “I’m not getting you that type of fruit, and do you know that mommy might have to pay for those mini-pumpkins that you keep squeezing?”  By the time I finally managed to begin paying, a man and his male companion walked up to the stand.  Pierce felt that it was his personal responsibility to make this man feel comfortable, and so he began to carry on a very long-winded interrogation conversation with the poor man.  It took me some time to pull Pierce away from his engrossing discussion, but I managed and we left.

Pescadero is beautiful; it is an area off of scenic Highway 1 in Northern California that has not been marred by the high presence of tourism.  Before we arrived at the hostel, Pierce and I stopped and visited three beaches.  I hope that the pictures I took manage to show the profound beauty that a child can create by unabashedly loving nature.  I will never forget this experience with my son…

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Jumping with excitment.
Jumping with excitment.
Evil seal--right before this pictu…
Evil seal--right before this pict…
My view the whole first day.
My view the whole first day.
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