Qingdao Mamas Beach Playdate│There sure are a lot activities to keep us busy in Qingdao. Playdates are high up on that list. Expat and Chinese moms gather to let their young children (usually 0-3 years old) play. This also gives these mothers time to bond with adults, since many of us are stay at home moms who would otherwise not have much adult-conversation during the day. During June, when it was getting warmer, we decided to meet on the beach near the Sculpture Park along Qingdao’s coastline. This is a nice long grass area, perfect for picnics. On the morning of our playdate, there was a ton of mist and the skies were overcast, but we decided to meet anyway. As you can see above, little man was in the water – but he was also shivering! If you’ve been following for a while, then you are guessing right… many Chinese folks stopped to look at the crazy foreigners allowing their kids to swim, in so little clothing, on an overcast day!
We had fun in the water, but Eli is still doesn’t understand the concept of danger (specially around water). He kept going further and further into the water, and although he was in a rock pool, I knew he could topple over at any second. Just to be sure he didn’t go under, I stood close-by. Well… just as I thought, it took one bigger wave and his little body went under. I dived in after him and in the process I stood on a very sharp rock. Pain shot through my body, but I was trying to console – then crying – Eli who was soaking wet and shocked. He barely likes water over his face in the bathtub, so that was quite unnerving for him. I carried him back to the towels and he didn’t move from my lap for the rest of our time on the beach. The blood was gushing from my foot, so Cat (a mama friend) patched me up.
When the little ones started to get hungry, we moved up to the grassy area and had a picnic.
THAT is totally my child… haha, he doesn’t mind joining the crowd, but sometimes he just needs a little break from the rest!
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*Due to some recent requests, I will soon be doing some posts on how to get connected in Qingdao.*