Pink Swim Shoes

Photo by Linus Nylund on Unsplash

The surf and sun had become my daily slice of heaven since retirement. I’ve always loved the ocean, but with a healthy dose of respect for its power. There is a saying “Never turn your back on the ocean.”

Today, my golden retriever, Henry, and I took our daily mid-morning stroll on the beach. A small group of children from a nearby rehabilitation center were there playing along the water’s edge. I tossed a stick up the beach away from the group for Henry to chase.

I turned back to watch the children. The children explored the sand and water with their bare toes from their special strollers or chairs. Their shrieks and giggles were music to my ears. One caretaker handed a chair-bound boy a seashell. He responded with a whole-body smile.

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