Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Different Kind of Beach Experience ...

I've written before about my love-hate relationship with deep water (http://crossyourts.blogspot.com/2010/05/deep-water.html).  Add in the fact that - after the Japan tsunami - news in our region focused repeatedly on the fact that our beautiful coast was in the same geological boat as Japan - but less prepared - and I must admit to some lost sleep in the nights leading up to our coastal Spring break vacation. 

So much for relaxing. 

Instead, my head was spinning with all the possible ways my hubby and I could quickly get the children out of harm's way in the 15-20 minutes before the big wave hit, if an earthquake were to happen.

It's not that I think I have control over the situation ... I know I don't.  But - as a mother - I need to at least feel like I have some semblance of control over how our family would respond.  As in ... "Kids, if you feel the earth shaking while we're on the beach, don't worry about your toys. Leave them there. Grab Mommy or Daddy's hand and run as fast as you can."  I didn't want to freak them out, but I wanted them to be prepared for how to react ... just in case.


So, with that ... we went to the beach.  It was cold (thank goodness for extra hot mochas!), but gorgeous.  I took lots of deep breaths.  I enjoyed myself immensely ... especially once we broke out the baseball, mitts, and our trusty beachwood bat! :-)  I even felt some tension slip away. 


But ... it was different.  That feeling of needing to be on alert and prepared was constantly tucked away in the back of my mind and, sometimes, it was right at the forefront of my thoughts as we drove by signs that read "Tsunami Hazard Zone".

I would never want to deprive my family of experiences because of fear or because of my desire to protect them. The coast is one of our favorite family destinations and always will be.  For me, though ... while the ocean has always been awe-inspiring in its beauty; I am now so very awestruck and aware of its destructive power.  Maybe that feeling will soften with time. Maybe it won't ... and that's OK. Either way, my choice will be to enjoy the experience, appreciate the beauty, and - knowing that each member of my family is on the same page with how to respond to a 'just in case' situation - trust that all will be well. 

8 comments:

Niki said...

It's a scary feeling. I love your photos. Especially that pink glove. :)

MG Higgins said...

Living in the same basic geographical zone, I share your concern. It's mind-numbingly scary (for us the 9.0 earthquake more than the tsunami, since we live 150 feet above sea level). Which is why we try to be prepared, but otherwise not think about it. Glad you enjoyed your trip as much as you could!

CalamityJayne said...

You know me, growing up in Western Washington I shrug it all off, even though we live where a volcano, earthquake or tsunami could do us in. I remember chuckling when you wanted to create a Mt. Ranier prepared-ness kit. I just choose to believe it won't happen. Silly, I know, but I live on in ignorant bliss.

Debbie(single;complicated) said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip!! Its so hard as moms not to worry....

Kelly H-Y said...

Are you sure that was me, Jayne?! I don't remember that! I started worrying more after becoming a mom, that's for sure! :-)

Hilary said...

It's wise to be aware and have respect for nature's wrath but wiser still to not let it cloud your enjoyment of the beauty.

Suzanne Casamento said...

I recently noticed the signs too. They've probably been there forever. Sadly, sometimes it takes something huge for us to notice.

strat said...

It's all worth it. Keep it alive.
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