I should be embarrassed to admit it, but we’re enjoying higher than normal temperatures here in sunny Florida, on this the last week of the year. I prefer cooler temperatures, as the comfort of my stretchypants and oversized sweatshirts hide a multitude of holiday sins. But since we had friends visiting from up north, we really had no choice but to head to the beach.
My beach attire consists of a black rash guard, men’s board shorts, and oversized sunglasses, to help me remain incognito. I may or may not have threatened my girlfriends to make certain they cropped me out of any group shots today.
I only wish there had been photographic evidence of the following scenario.
At some point I was seated comfortably in my beach/camping chair chatting with friends. Suddenly I notice beach goers (including adults from our group) begin to rush towards a very deathly-still body lying prone at the water’s edge.
I stood up. IT’S OKAY. HE’S NOT DEAD. HE DOES THIS ALL THE TIME.
The unmoving figure must have noticed that the sun was suddenly blocked by ALL THE CONCERNED CITIZENS. He opened his eyes and looked up. He offered an explanation of sorts, “I wanted the Seagulls to think I was a washed up fish!”
This is how he likes to observe nature up close and personal.
And age me far beyond my middle-aged years.
If you’ll recall, on a prior camping trip he was discovered lying in the road. When asked what in the world he was doing playing dead in the middle of the roadway, he explained that he wanted to see if the circling Vultures would be fooled so he could see what they look like at close range.
Boys are different.
I have no doubt that Jensen will enter into the field of Zoology in some capacity in his adulthood. It’s just too bad that the Discovery Channel has already filmed an episode of a man in a “snake proof” suit being swallowed alive by an Anaconda. We will be banning the Discovery Channel for a while now, as we don’t need to give the boy any ideas.