Today is also Light it up Blue - World Autism Awareness Day. Monuments all over the world will be lighting up blue. #LIUB #AutismAwareness.
I have always loved the beach, but during my sons' early years, we did not go to the beach at all. David had sensory issues. He hated many textures. He especially hated sand. When he was almost a year old, my husband and I drove an hour away to pick up this really cool tug boat sand box. We came home, set it up, filled it with sand and brought David over to it. He threw his hands out and his feet straight out in front of him. He hated it. I had to buy him some little leather slipper-shoes he could wear in the sand box and even then he was leary about playing in it.
When David was 8, my friend Linda finally convinced me to visit her at her beach house and bring the boys. Linda & I took them to the beach for the day and they absolutely loved it!
|First time EVER in the ocean!|
When we'd leave the beach at the end of the day, David would freak out if the showers on the pavilion were closed and he couldn't rinse his feet. I had to carry a bottle of water in the car to rinse his feet! But after a couple of years, both boys are certified beach bums. They go to the car with sand on their feet and as a matter of fact, they are game to take a ride to the beach any time.