Paddling {The Ordinary Moments}

One thing I remember so clearly from childhood is paddling on Brighton beach. We used to go at random times of the year – rainy October days for my Birthday or March when the beach was empty. We’d never go when the roads would be busy or the car parks full, would eat stinky egg sandwiches in the car and drink a thermos of over sweet tea. Those are the memories childhoods are made of.

So taking LP paddling just over a week ago was something I couldn’t wait to do – up until now she hadn’t paddled properly and hadn’t been on a beach often but she happily took her shoes and socks off and stepped into the water with me.

Paddling {The Ordinary Moments}

Seeing her little feet in the sea, the pebbles between her toes and the waves bubbling as they reached us was a perfect moment. She held my hand, giggled and shrieked. She picked up stones, threw them into the sea and clapped her hands in delight. We must have spent half an hour in the sea before our feet got cold and we had to step carefully back up the beach to dry off.

Paddling is such an ordinary moment, such a simple pleasure of not only childhood but adulthood alike. I loved paddling in the sea with LP and can’t wait to paddle with Little Man too. Next summer will be full of paddling moments!


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. OH Donna what a beautiful moment to capture. I love little toes in the sea. Precious moments as well as a sweet ordinary moment. Lovely post. #ordinarymoments

  2. Oh that photo just makes me want to stick my own toes in the sea! Nothing beats paddling, does it? This year was the first year M really appreciated the pleasures of the sea too, although it terrified me quite how much he wanted to chuck his little self straight into a swirling Ocean! I think paddling might have been a little too subtle a concept for him…

  3. Ah what a lovely moment! I love Brighton but I’ve got to say I prefer paddling on sandy beaches! Those stones can be painful! x

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