A Day at the Beach


I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, the great day I had at the beach today, or finding the book cover shown above.

My wife and I, along with our youngest son, had the chance to go to the beach today (Ocean City, NJ), where we met my wife’s sister and her husband, and their youngest son.

It was a great day to spend at the beach – sunny, relatively warm, and not too crowded. While there was a cool ocean breeze, it was still just nice sitting down by the water and watching the waves and the few surfers who were out in the water doing their thing. I was also impressed that there were a few brave souls who ventured into the water just for fun, which I heard was only in the mid 50s. (Meanwhile, I was wearing jeans, t-shirt, and warm-up jacket. Such an outfit served two purposes; first it acted as a good sunscreen, and second, it kept me warm.)

After just hanging out on the beach, we all went up to the boardwalk (Ocean City has THE best boardwalk) to grab a late lunch/early dinner.

Along the boardwalk there are probably 15 places to grab a slice of pizza, but there are only three that we’ve ever eaten at over the past 30 years – the Manco & Manco at 8th street,  the Manco & Manco at 9th street, or the Manco & Manco at 12th street.

It is an amazing thing to see; there will be lines out the door waiting to get into any of the Manco & Manco pizzerias, while two doors down there is another pizza place that is almost completely empty.

Anyway, we waited a few minutes for our table and ordered the pizza, and it looked as good as ever. I say looked because I no longer eat cheese pizza, but it certainly brought back good memories of how good their pizza tasted.

After we finished the pizza, we played one of my favorite sports, miniature golf. The highlight was my son getting a hole-in-one on the 19th hole that won him a free game.

By this time we were all ready to head back home. A day at the beach was a great way to end the weekend, and it felt like we got a head start on summer.

As to the book cover, that used to be one of our kids’ favorite books. I remember reading the book to each of my three sons several times over many years, and at one point I am sure I had it memorized. When I wrote the title for this post, the book title came back to me immediately. So I searched on Amazon, and there it was.

I hope that our kids remember the book, but more importantly, I hope they remember all the great days we’ve had at the beach, and hopefully the many great days at the beach we have left ahead of us.

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