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Little Maveric’s first day on the coast, he was not to sure about it all.
I am a chicken… a BIG chicken. I do not like to be outside of my comfort zone, I do not like new things, I like to play it safe, I try not to take risks and I am pretty happy living that way. I have been scared of water since I was little. I am not a very good swimmer, I do more of a “dog paddle”. Matt on the other hand loves the water, he use to be on a swim team and grew up with a pool in his back yard.
On our first trip to the Oregon Coast about 6 years ago the roar of the ocean waves crashing terrified me. They seemed like a monster ready to suck me in and swallow me up at any moment. I did not even want to get my feet wet, I was happy staying as far away as possible. But I saw that my fear of the water was transferring to my kids. So the next trip to the coast Matt convinced me I needed to try and boogie board. Um… NO! But somehow he convinced me to step foot into those roaring waves. I clung to him like a little kid.
We spent a long time just getting me use to the pattern of the waves, and understanding that the huge waves may crash over the top of me but I was still only in a few feet of water, and the tide pushed me towards land. I caught my first wave on my boogie board and LOVED it. On our 4th trip to the Oregon Coast I now look forward to boogie boarding in those roaring waves. Even I am a little shocked at how much I enjoy it.
I am still a chicken, but at least I have faced one of my fears and found a new passion!
I even bought my own wet suit (got it at a 2nd hand store for a very thrifty deal).