I took the girls to Point Lobos about a month ago. We hadn’t been in several months and I was surprised at how it had changed. There seemed to be more river rocks and there was so much drift wood, which I had never seen there before.
The girls were excited to be there again after such a long time and immediately took off running to their favorite spots. I took a few moments to stand on the beach and take in all the changes that had happened. Then I scanned the area to make sure I could see all of the girls, but I didn’t see Eliza. I took a few steps and saw her standing on the side of a small hill, adjusting her pants.
Me: “Eliza, what are you doing?!”
Eliza: “Mommy, I’m sorry, Mommy. I had to pee.”
I was completely dumbfounded. Was this child, the one who has never been able to pee in the bushes during a hike, really telling me that she successfully peed on the ground?! But wait, this was out in the open! In full view of at least half a dozen people! So of course, I snapped this picture really quickly, and then explained the error of her ways. I’m so hopeful that now our hikes will be easier!!
Here is Charlotte, sitting by herself. I asked her if she was okay, and she said she was just having fun being quiet. I love this about her. I love that she can be content with only her own company.
And a few minutes later, she rejoins society.
Someone had built a tent out of the drift wood, which Eliza really enjoyed.
She worked really hard to start a fire.