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Meet Shelly the clam, our attempt to introduce our children to life in the ocean.

We went to the beach a few weeks back. It was a lovely afternoon at home. We arrived at the beach and everyone settled in for some fun in the sand. It was much cooler at the beach then it had been at home. I sat by Gideon with a towel around my shoulders.

After a while, I looked around a there were some rather dark clouds in the distance and you could tell it was raining. Other people on the beach noticed and people started packing up and leaving in droves. We decided to stay a little longer and as the clouds moved closer, things got lighter. Joash brought Shelly to the blanket saying they had just dug it up and wanted to take it home to see if the animal would come out of its shell.

Soon, I felt a few rain drops. I went to tell Wilbert and we decided to go home since it was pretty much time to head home anyway. I got back to the blanket and started to put Gideon in his car seat when the heavens opened and it poured. Wilbert and the kids were at the blanket soon. I grabbed the bags, car keys and Joash's hand. Wilbert shouted, "Go to the van! I have everything else! Go!" So Joash and I ran.. By the time we got everything and everyone in the van, we were all soaked.

The sun was shining again by the time we got home. We hosed the sand off of everyone and dried off. Then it was time to meet Shelly. We put her on a cutting board with some salt around it. We all had fun seeing the clam squirt and come out of its shell to lick some salt.


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