- Posted February 26, 2014 by
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Your child's travel firsts
A trip for Trinity
We took a trip to the outter banks of North Carolina. We went during off season so it was a little cold but we had the beach to ourselves. My husband and I have four girls. One of which has a heart condition and had never been able to travel far before. I still remember the look on her six year old face when she first saw the ocean. I remember she was scared to put her feet in the waves, it took the whole week there to get her to put them in the rushing water. When she finally did the water rushed up so fast it got her pants wet but she laughed so hard.
The beach is secluded in April which is Trinity's birth month. Being that it is so quiet we saw dolphins in the water playing. We asked a local to confirm it was dolphins and not sharks. Our whole family looked forward to the rushing waves at night and the dolphins every morning. In the evening we would cook on the grill it was just the right kind of chilly that week we spent on the beach. The shops were just opening and the people greeted us so kindly.
My husband had never seen the ocean either and was so excited to drive on the beach that he managed to burry his Durango in the sand up to the frame. Again a local helped us to drive the truck off the beach.
We managed to visit several different sights that week but none of those were as memorable as the look on my child's face when she saw the stars touch the ocean. The realization to my family of how small we all really are was amazing. We managed to form a bond that week that we will never forget and for the following year our girls planned a trip everyday back there in their imagination. I wish we could afford to do it again and maybe one day we will. For today we have the thoughts of our boat ride and the wind in our hair. The cool trickle of the salt as it hits the sand. More than anything the look on Trinity's face when we arrived and the tears in her eyes when we had to say goodby. They all told us one thing she was finally strong enough to understand where she belongs on this earth.