This past Saturday our family had the privilege of joining the Girls’ House on a beach trip (to see the video of our day, click: https://youtu.be/Lf3AzLCEz8U). Three students, two staff, and our family of six piled into the van for a two and a half hour trip down the mountains, across the plains, over a second mountain range, and to the beach. We arrived to find one of the strangest sights we have behold in the DR:
Truly a loo with a view. I think that many ages ago, a complete bathroom had stood here. However, time and the passing of years had worn away the walls until only the porcelain remained.
We set up camp and began our beach activities. Aside from the waves, sand, and water, the greatest joy of the day was spending time with the students away from CMA. It allows us to get to know the students on a different level. For one thing, we were quickly reminded of the pitfalls of youth as all three young ladies quickly got spines imbedded in their feet. The adults were spared, principally because after years of experience we have learned not to put our feet on the seafloor when we can’t see it. At DR beaches especially, a rocky seafloor signals sea urchin habitat, while sandy seafloor signals safety. The girls learned this lesson, some more quickly than others. One girl accumulated dozens of spines because, in her own words, “I knew I was stepping on stuff, but I was close to shore so I figured I might as well keep walking.” A friendly guard removed some of the spines. However, this required him to dig holes in their feet to extract them. The girls still feel the effects of their foolishness as it has taken days of epsom salt soaks to allow the spines to work their way out.
Thankfully, our own children avoided spines and had a wonderful day playing and splashing in the waves, with staff and students looking on.
Grady was inspired to build a sand castle, and learned a little lesson about repurposing when we used a piece of trash to make a flag.
Overall, we had a wonderful day enjoying God’s beautiful creation, fellowshipping with staff and students, and making family memories.