Mama Diaries

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sand Castle Under Siege

When I go to a beach, I like to build sand castles.  Probably because I'm still a kid at heart.  So while the kids and I were at a beach, and they were playing in the water, I shoveled sand into pails and created an enormous pile of sand from which to carve a castle.   I worked on this monstrosity for at least two hours. (And no, I don't have pictures.  Sorry.)

When I was done, I admired my masterpiece.  It had five turrets and an ascending and descending staircase.

"Mama," my son said.  "That's really good!"

After my hard work, I decided it was time to grab some lunch. I headed to the picnic pavilion to get out of the sun. My kids joined me.  While we were chowing down on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a group of five kids, armed with water guns launched an attack on my castle.

My son spotted them first.  "Hey!" he shouted. "That's our castle!  Leave it alone!"

Did they listen?  No.  They pelted my castle with more jet streams of water.

"Don't worry about it, Bubba," I said.  "They're having fun."

He scowled and finished his sandwich.

When we were done, and the kids had finished their attack, we went over to assess the damage.  The staircases were completely obliterated, three of the five turrets had crumbled, and the castle was about half of its size.

"Poor castle," said Bubba.  "Guess you have to build another one!"

38 comments:

  1. Did Bubba wipe his hand clean before playing in the sand?
    You could have used the jelly for mortar. ;-)

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    1. Haha! That would've made things stick!

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  2. That's hilarious! Take big machine gun style squirt guns with you next time and fight back.

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    1. I'll have to do that! It would be war!

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  3. Kids can be cruel! I remember how much we loved building sand castles and would guard them before leaving the beach. It always seemed the water was the only thing demolishing our masterpieces as the tide continued to get closer and the evening hours crept up on us.

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    1. I know the kids were just having fun, but I think it was kind of rude for them to destroy someone else's castle, especially when we were still there.

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  4. That is why you should always leave a dragon to guard the castle

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  5. Maybe a moat would have stopped them. ;)

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    1. It had a small moat. Perhaps I should've made it bigger!

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  6. You needed to fashion a dragon to protect the castle.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. A shame you didn't get pictures! And the kids were having fun, although they should've built their own sand castle to attack.

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    1. It would've been better for them to attack their own castle, but I guess mine was just too hard to resist.

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  8. It's great that you are still a kid at heart. I don't know if i would have been so calm about my handy work being ruined. But you rock.

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  9. Those dirty birds. Oh well. Bubba will help you build the next one.

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    1. Maybe. I think he'd be more interested in finding fish.

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  10. Just like a kid, "You have to build another one!" Love that. Nice thing about sand castles is just that, you can build another one. And nice of you to think of the other kids having fun, even though it was kinda mean to do that to someone's work...

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    1. Yep. If I wanted to spend another hour repairing the damage, it would've looked good as new. ;0)

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  11. lol should have installed a moat to ward off intruders

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    1. I had a moat. Apparently it wasn't big enough. ;0)

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  12. Cute! I don't have the talent to build a sandcastle, so I'm very impressed. And I have a feeling Bubba will grow up building sandcastles when he goes to the beach, as well.

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  13. Too bad you didn't get any pictures before the destruction.

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    1. If I would've know it was going to be destroyed, I would've taken pictures before lunch.

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  14. Next time, arm your kids with water guns and they can be your knights!

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  15. Sorry, but kids who do that tick me off. :(

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    1. I thought it was kind of rude, but not worth wasting energy to get upset over it.

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  16. I was gonna ask for pictures, but then you probably knew that already.

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    1. Yep. The comment about not having pictures was especially for you. :)

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  17. A big moat next time? Destructive bunch of renegades.. be gone!..
    ps i love sandcastle too :)

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    1. I'm going to have to think of some kind of booby trap for the next castle. ;0)

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  18. Huge lesson for Bubba! Hope he took away from that experience just how hurtful some thoughtless acts can be.

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    1. Yes. And I hope he never does that to someone else's castle!

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  19. Sand castles do bring out the kid in all of us. Sounds like you had fun despite your castle being destroyed.

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  20. Other than the sand castle being attacked, it sounds like it was a fun day. : )

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