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Ilha De Santa Catarina Moments – Praia do Campeche, The Bodyboard

“The usual bucket-rake-shovel beach toys or a bodyboard?”

Mark hesitated for a second. “Bodyboard.”

For 40 reais ($9.50), it was a good deal, even though I suspected that like riding the trottinette, it would be a steep learning curve. No worries, teaching him is right down my alley. I’ll never be a soccer or hockey mom, but I spent my teenage summers bodyboarding, windsurfing and surfing along the Atlantic Coast.

Ahem… You never forget how to ride a bike—or catch a wave, right? RIGHT??

 “Do this,” “don’t do that,” and “seriously?” are probably the sentences I say the most at home. I’m not the fun parent and sometimes, I worry that I don’t spend enough quality time with Mark, that he always sees me working, being busy or tired.

On top of that, I always feel vaguely foreign in Canada. I don’t really stand out—after all, I’ve been Canadian for almost half of my life now—but I wonder how Mark sees me because clearly, I didn’t grow up here. I can’t relate to his Canadian childhood. I always forget “pizza day” at school because guess what, we didn’t have “pizza day” in France. I don’t know local recess games—for months, I thought “Fortnite” was the Canadian version of tag or hide and seek. I’ve never made a snowman, worn a snowsuit or sang “O Canada,” I’ve never taken a school bus, celebrated Halloween or spent hours in a car every day. I don’t particularly like to watch movies, I can’t use the tablet and no, Mark we didn’t have Wi-Fi when I was a kid.

But I can swim and catch a wave. I’ll show you all the tricks, mon chéri.

Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche
Florianópolis, Praia do Campeche

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