Childhood Holidays By The Sea
April 17, 2017 2:18pm CST
When things started to settled down after World War 11, my parents would take me and my sisters on a week's holiday every year. We would go to Cornwall, which is in the South West of England. Our rented house was perched high above a creek that led to the open sea. We would trek down a little path, encumbered by fishing nets, buckets and spades, with our parents bringing a picnic. Our father had taught us all to swim at an early age, and we were in and out of the water all day. We were fascinated by the little fishes and crabs in the rockpools, and delighted in cornering and capturing anything that moved. These we placed in our buckets, putting them back in the rockpools at the end of the day. We also collected shells and explored the caves by the water's edge. Though I suppose that the weather must have been inclement sometimes (after all this was England), I honestly only remember sunshine and laughter. When I see children at the seaside today, eyes on their electronic devices, or going on expensive fairground rides and visiting arcades, I feel nostalgic for the times when all we needed was the sea, sand and a bucket and spade. Add a ball to the mix and we were in heaven. Do you remember those times too?
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When I was younger we loved playing at the beach and building sand castles or burying each other in the sand. Some of my best memories were times that our parents would take us to the beach. Dad would swim with us while mom prepared a boiled dinner over the fire. Those were the days. We were perfectly happy with the little that we had. We wanted for nothing. Things sure different today.
• Riga, Latvia
Sounds like great memories. My childhood was spent in the Catskill Mountains of NY state under pine trees swimming in a man made lake but I do enjoy the sea. Children with technology have forgotten how to use their imaginations.
• United States
We grew up on the beach. I have the fondest memories of my childhood spent with my brothers and parents. My dad only joined us on weekends. I made certain our two sons had the same experience every summer. My grandchildren also have spent time at the beach with me and their parents. We are a family of swimmers and beach lovers! Lol!
• United States
@jaboUK My mother loved the beach so much. I remember her telling me that she could have never lived inland. My older son vacations in the Hamptons or in Cape Cod with the kids. I should say kid, since my granddaughter now goes to sleepover camp, but it's on a lake and they take special trips to the ocean. Still, there is nothing like the beautiful green in England. I've read so many novels that took place in Cornwall, that I pictured what you wrote perfectly. It's on my bucket list!
• Sutton, England
I enjoy reading your childhood memories Janet. Until we moved South I lived near the sea but holidays to Devon, Cornwall and Wales were always special. There were amusement arcades in some places but my brother and I were told they were for people who wanted to throw money down the drain. I still have a dislike for such venues. Loved rock pools and the fishes, making sand castles etc. Ah memories!
• Pamplona, Spain
@jaboUK I was only happy making Sand Castles by the Sea and making a Moat in the sand around the Castle. When the tide came in it would start filling it up. Yes they were happy. My Auntie used to take me for a special Breakfast I loved feeling special.