Beautiful sunny morning at the beach. What a great day to enjoy a leisure stroll and soak up God’s creations! Sand, sunshine, sounds of waves jumping to reach the shore, children laughing, parents watching carefully, dogs running to catch sticks thrown in the water, and possibly a dolphin sighting.
All these glorious sights and sounds were enjoyed recently as we walked hand in hand on the local beach.
Of course, with the Henderson’s, there has to be more to the story. Upon arriving at the beach area, we looked for parking as usual. Early morning and already a parking place was hard to find.
While riding down the main street, a few parking places became available. Great location, not too far from the beach. This would work out perfectly.
Alan parked the car according to the rules of the road. There are signs positioned along the way alerting everyone to “Park 4 feet away from the main road.” Sometimes, there is a white chalk line drawn to give further instruction about the 4 feet rule.
This day, after parking and believing we were following the rules by parking the correct distance from the road, we exited the car, put on our sun hats and prepared to walk.
Yes, a fantastic, fun, energizing excursion. Happiness filled our souls. Sweat and all.
Heading back to the car after our morning exercise, I noticed the “Beach Patrol” truck nearby. “Oh, no. Hope everything is okay. Looks like someone might be getting a ticket.”
Little did we realize the “someone” getting the ticket was us.
Evidently, our perception of 4 feet is not so good. A bright orange ticket on our vehicle alerted us to pay the $50.00 fine for not following the rules of parking 4 feet away from the road.
Embarrassing….. our lovely walk went from feelings of happiness to feelings of “Oh, my! How did we do that?”
From now on, we are thinking of carrying a yardstick to the beach, just to make sure we follow the rules. 🙂 We can measure the distance from the car to the road to make sure no more bright orange citations adorn our vehicle.
Have you ever accidentally broken a rule? How did you feel? I am thankful for God’s forgiveness and patience with me, as I am a work in progress.
Blessings, beach walking, sunshine and tons of giggles,