At The Beach

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Mark runs all the time. And when he doesn’t run, he either climbs something—a chair, the stairs—or cries because he fell down or tripped on something.

The first thing he did in Saint Michel was to run down the dirt stairs. He ran too fast, tripped and fell own. “Mark, slow down! See, this is what happens when you go too fast. Go slower next time.”

I cleaned up his knee and sighed. Just a few weeks ago, I had never seen blood on my little boy. Now, he is scrapping his knees on a daily basis. The first time, we made a big deal out of it—Feng cleaned up the wound with alcohol, we put a bandage on it and we were that close to call the best plastic surgeon around to make sure the two-millimetre-wide injury wasn’t going to be a permanent scar.

Two hours later, he fell don again and hurt the other knee. We skipped the bandage.

Now, as long as he doesn’t need a blood transfusion, we just blow a kiss on the bump or the wound.

“Mark, remember? Slow down in the stairs.”

Twenty minutes later, I heard Feng screaming “slow down!” and Mark wailing on top of his lungs. The cheek, this time. Man, I told you to slow down!

So we took him to the beach. As long as he stays away from the rocks, he can run as much as he wants on the sand. The tide was unusually low, so he had the entire beach to himself.

And oh boy, he runs.

And occasionally stops to eat sand.

And runs some more.

You can see the com­plete set of pic­tures taken in France on Flickr.

Saint Michel's Harbour

Saint Michel’s Harbour

Saint Michel's Harbour

Saint Michel’s Harbour

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

Toy Boat

Toy Boat

At The Beach

At The Beach

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Low Tide

Tharon's Beach

Tharon’s Beach

Seashells

Seashells

Seashells

Seashells

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

The Fisheries

The Fisheries

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

Mark at the Beach

At The Beach

At The Beach

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

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