Saturday, July 26, 2008
Lesson from the beach
When you and your husband are standing waist-deep in the ocean with your nearly-4-year-old son and you spot the dorsal and caudal fins of a shark 10 yards away, don’t say the word "shark" aloud as you swiftly exit the water. The kid will fixate on the shark the rest of the day, wondering about its size and retelling the story of its spotting until by bedtime that shark is a monstrous image consuming all of his weary mind. And if you and the husband were planning a late-night retreat to the hot tub you’ll have to forget about it, because he’ll be stuck lying beside the still-awake boy in his bed, where he'll spend more than an hour fending off sharks, which it turns out (if the boy’s any authority on the matter) are perfectly capable of emerging from the ocean and crawling into beach houses at night.