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Carol Perkins: Fashion like a lady of the 20s at the beach

A quandary: "The pros of staying behind outweighed the cons. . . According to the kids, they loved the beach but according to Guy, I would not" - CAROL PERKINS at the beach
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: The Annual Perkins Beach Party

By Carol Perkins

A beach trip is especially intimidating for a "larger" lady*. First of all, I don't wear a swimsuit as such. Thank goodness for Land's End swim tops and shorts. However, in wearing this outfit I feel like a lady of the 20's. "Who cares?" Guy says gently because he knows I care. "No one knows you." My kids know me and my grandchildren and I don't want to scare them. This is the primarily reason I don't like the beach, but I also, as stated, do not like the sun.

Each day the routine began with breakfast and then putting on suits and spraying down the sunscreen while I watched them out the door. The pros of staying behind outweighed the cons. First of all, the beach is not within walking distance for me. Second, because of the crowd I would not be able to identify my grandchildren in the water from someone else's. According to the kids, they loved the beach but according to Guy, I would not.

The pool area was huge and no matter how many people were in the water, I never felt crowded. However, I did feel annoyed when a grown man shot a high powered water gun into the air so we unsuspecting adults and our children could get a strong blast of unwanted water on our heads. His children finally fought him over the gun and won. The problem with the pool area was the adults put towels on chairs and never sat in them. Those of us who wanted to sit in a chair had to wait for someone to leave.

Eme and I always go back-to-school shopping and she enjoys modeling her purchases so we can "make over her." The boys wanted no clothes. While she was modeling, they were playing their new XBOX games that was my treat. Once they discovered the Xbox, they never wanted to do anything else. That was probably a mistake but Guy and I encouraged Jon and Carla to let them play. We like, as you remember, electronics. However, when Carla woke up one morning at 5 and heard noises from downstairs only to find Joseph and Noah had been up all night, she imposed a new rule.

At the end of each day Guy and I retreated to our carriage house. One night I sat down on Guy's side of the bed to take off my shoes and the bed fell. "Oh, wonderful," I said to myself, thinking of the deposit. Guy discovered the bed frame had been propped up with a brick. We had to laugh about how much this house costs for a week only to have the bed held up with a brick.

The refrigerator was cleaned out, towels were left in bathtubs as directed, and each searched rooms for hidden items before leaving the house to head home. This was our fifth family vacation and in looking back at the pictures, it is bittersweet to see the changes in all of us. I am thankful we thirteen can be together each year even if I don't like the beach. I may be the biggest baby in the group. - CAROL PERKINS. *(Check out for 3 Aug 2015.

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