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    Posted February 11, 2014 by
    Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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    Your child's travel firsts

    First time seeing the ocean


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Christian Perry wanted to take his five-year-old daughter, Catherine, to the same beach in Ocean City, Maryland, that his dad took him to when he was a kid. "We had just [driven] all night to get to the beach for the sunrise," he said. "I wanted her first look at the ocean to be when the beach wasn't crowded, and I thought it would be more beautiful."
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    As a kid I always went to Ocean City, MD with my family. As a single father I wanted to make my 5 yr old daughter's first experience with the ocean memorable. So Catherine and I drove through the night and I hoped she would sleep for the 7 hour trip, she stayed awake for all but an hour nap, as my 'navigator' because she had to 'help me drive'. This is her starring at the ocean just before sunrise. As much as I have always thought the ocean was one of the most beautiful things in the world...all I could do was stare at HER watching HER see the beauty of the ocean for the first time, and it reminded me for the millionth time that nothing in this world will ever compare to her beauty. I hadn't been to the beach since before she was born because I wanted to wait till she was old enough to share in the experience with me and I wanted to make it a memorable experience for her. Watching her stare at the big blue sea allowed me to see the ocean through her eyes and that was a moment as a father that I will never forget.
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