I wish I could tell you that it has been a pleasure taking Eli down to the beach recently, but honestly it has been rather challenge. He has no concept of cold temperatures, or the fact that waves can drag you out into the ocean. He has been into many swimming pools, and swam at a number of beaches, so the really wonderful thing is that he loves water. The problem is that it is not quite warm enough to swim yet in Qingdao, but he darts towards the water like we are in the middle of summer. Last week he ran straight into the ocean and I had to run in, running shoes and all, to drag him out. For this reason we have to stick to the rocky beaches while the tides is low for now, so that the water is almost out of sight. There are, of course, still lots of puddles from when the tide is high. Eli loves to climb over the rocks, and I really enjoy this adventurous side of him. Unfortunately we often have to cut our time at the beach short because he jumps into the water, but it is really cold on some days so I have to undress him, wrap him in blankets, and head home. In the next month or so, he will be able to get wet and stay out to play, but we just aren’t in that season yet. Of course – Eli doesn’t understand that, so there are many tears as I strap him, pant- and shoeless, into his stroller and walk away from the beach.
He really wasn’t impressed with mommy for ending his fun that afternoon, but as you can see (above) his shoes, socks and part of his pants were soaked, and I wasn’t about to let him run around like that while it was only about 12ºC. After the beach, his next favorite thing is boazi (bread stuffed with meat) so thankfully I had a few of those packed! Look at that sad face, tears pouring from his eyes as he bit into his delicious boazi…
Even when he doesn’t want to stop playing to get into the stroller, he always stops crying by the time I start moving. I know he wasn’t very happy with me for ruining his fun, but two year olds don’t really understand reasoning, and it was just too cold to be running around in wet clothes. I already get judged by Chinese people passing by, for EVERY SINGLE CHOICE I make, so can you imagine if they saw this little child running around in wet clothes… or better yet, half naked!
On the plus side, the skies were blue and once we got away from the ocean we could no longer feel the chilly breeze.
Summer will be here soon enough my boy!
We can’t wait to take you to the beach and jump right into the water with you.