Saturday, May 05, 2007

Definitely Not My Sense of Direction

I told Q that we were going to take him to see the ocean for the first time today, and he immediately replied, "Shark! Dolphin!"

I explained that we probably wouldn't run into sharks or dolphins, and might have to settle for some sea otters. It's nice to know that the kidlet is learning what things to associate together, even if books might be giving him some heightened expectations. I'm thinking about the astronaut pig story, in particular, but plenty apply.

We waved goodbye to SwingDaddy, who was riding his bike to the beach, and finished packing the car. Q was pretty happy with a container of goldfish crackers and the promise that we were going to meet "Da-deee," as he's now sometimes started calling his Baba.

I backed out of the driveway, and he suddenly started wailing, "Other way! Other way!" almost bursting into tears. "Da-deee! Other way!"

It took me a moment, but I figured out that since we were taking a different road to the beach, we were departing the house in what appeared to be the opposite direction. And the little dude remembered.

He definitely gets his sense of direction from his dad.

Things were much better after I explained at length that we were going another way, and that we would indeed meet at our destination.

We had a good time at the beach, chasing kite tails, chatting with my colleagues and their children, and doing our best to consume the amazing buffet our host (my boss's boss) had provided. I was cherry tomato butler for a while, ferrying veggies to Q, and SwingDaddy later discovered that our boy has an affinity for king crab as they shared a giant leg.

To anyone (yes, you, mom and dad) who might be worried from the first photo about the possibility that an ocean wave might pop up, pull SwingDaddy and Q into the water, and drown them in the undertow, I just wanted to assure you that this season on that particular beach is pretty safe, given of course, that it's still the ocean. There were over a hundred people and a few dozen canoes and sailboats just out of frame of the picture.


Bob said...

Funny " Other way, other way".

Wow, Giant king crag legs. After watching Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch", they sure don't come easy.

Mayberry said...

Great pictures! Looks like a fun day.

Smiling Mom said...

Tag! It's an easy one, I hpe you don't mind.


Lady M said...

Dad - I was trying to imagine exactly how big the crab would be with legs that long. Scary!

Mayberry - We did have a good time. Even if a small someone wasn't interested in the water.

Smiling Mom - Cool!

Mamacita Tina said...

Q looks like he's enjoying kite flying!

Ian is a similar backseat driver yelling out that I'm going the wrong way. Cracks me up!