Different Approaches

Me: I’ve been thinking.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: When we go down to the beach we all approach it in different ways.

Nell: No, we walk over the dunes together.

Me: I mean in the way we behave. For instance, I always say hello to the sea and my mother.

Nell: I know you do.

Me: I feel she’s there. I think it’s because she loved the sea so much.

Nell: She did.

Me: Kev likes to see how far away the island looks.

Nell: Yes.

Me: Harriet dashes into the sea as fast as she can.

Nell: Always.

Me: Poppy checks for Beefies, or other annoying creatures.

Nell: Like innocent dogs enjoying a walk.

Me: You like to walk at your own pace and stop occasionally for quiet contemplation.

Nell: I do.

Me: And Dave sticks his face in the sand and his bottom in the air.

Nell: He does.

Me: It’s his most favourite thing. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: It’s extremely ungainly. Nobody wants to look at that.

Me: Anyway, I was thinking that maybe we approach the beach like we approach life.

Nell: I see.

Me: I tend to lose myself in memories and my fantasy world.

Nell: You do.

Me: Kev likes to see what the day brings.

Nell: He does.

Me: Harriet rushes in full of hope and joy.

Nell: She does.

Me: Poppy is ready to attack.

Nell: Always.

Me: And you take your time to sniff and savour.

Nell: Life should be enjoyed. What about David?

Me: Dave just sticks his bottom in the air and his face in the sand and lives for the moment.

Nell: Not a bad approach to life. Are you going to share that toast now? It needs to be eaten.

Me: Of course. Sorry.

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