As a child, before our first summer vacation to the beach, we asked my Mom over and over again to tell us all about the ocean and the beach. 

 I can remember her telling us about how magical it is to feel the sand between your toes. 

She described how soft the sand is compared to that in our sandbox...

and how the waves would come in to tickle your feet.

And that the water would be cold.  Really cold.

She said to always wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen... still to this day.

She said there is nothing quite like a day at the beach.

I don't think I'll ever get over waking up to the sound of the ocean outside my window...

...the way the sea air feels on my face,

Or going to sleep with the sound of crashing waves.