When I was growing up I had several dreams. One was reached last year when I traveled to Italy with my family.
By my age most people have been to the ocean, whether it was a family vacation or a spring break adventure.
But not me.
That changed Thursday when I found out a surprise trip to Wildwood, N.J. was planned for my birthday.
The ocean was absolutely beautiful. One of the first things I did was kick off my flip-flops and run through the sand and ocean. I even attempted my best effort at a Baywatch run across the beach.
Every morning I got up early to try and find as many seashells as possible. Now I know you are supposed to sit on the beach and relax, but anyone who has met me knows sitting and relaxing is not in my DNA. I played in the sand and walked in the water and tried to relax while taking in the atmosphere. I was probably acting more like a kid than an adult, but I have been told that is one of my more adorable qualities.
Now some may argue that the off-season weather was not suitable for a bathing suit. But I am from Somerset County ‚Äî all we have is off-season weather.
I trekked the boardwalk dozens of times, ate some great seafood and even took a monster truck ride on the sand.
For most people my age going to the beach is an annual tradition, something they do with family or friends. For me it was a dream come true. The beauty and serenity of the ocean was not wasted on me. It was my dream come true.
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On a side note, while strolling on the boardwalk many places had shirts that said ‚ÄúConVICK‚Äù ‚ÄúHide your hound Vick is in town‚Äù and ‚ÄúHide your Beagle Vick‚Äôs an Eagle.‚Äù These made me laugh since I have such strong views about felon Michael Vick playing in the NFL. In case you missed my two Daily American Debates against one Rick Kazmer here are some links.
Daily Debate: Should Michael Vick be allowed to play football again?
No - http://dailyamerican.com/articles/2009/06/08/opinion/columns/column516.txt
Yes - http://dailyamerican.com/articles/2009/06/08/opinion/columns/column515.txt
Daily Debate: Is Philly the wrong city for Vick?
No - http://dailyamerican.com/articles/2009/08/17/opinion/columns/column414.txt
Yes - http://dailyamerican.com/articles/2009/08/17/opinion/columns/column415.txt