Island Time = Play Time
Wherever kids go, from the backyard to islands abroad, play time is always their biggest priority. Blogger Elizabeth Antonia shares moments from her kids' recent adventures in Fiji.
Our family took a big trip to Fiji, a smattering of islands the middle of the Pacific Ocean filled with the warmest people and an even warmer tropical breeze.
When we're outside, we go deeper into our senses. We hear the waves tell us they have been here a very long time. We see the hermit crabs growing bigger each day, ready to find a new shell to grow into. We smell the sweet flowers - frangipani and plumeria. We start our morning with a cracked new green coconut to drink and papaya to eat. Fruit from the trees, fish from the sea, sweet potatoes grown in the forest, this island life seems like the way it should always be, how it is in the summer.
The girls played endlessly in the tide pools and along the beach shore. It was beautiful watching them find a space all their own. They would find a little pool of water near the ocean and fill it with empty shells and fashion boats out of sticks and leaves. I heard them telling stories of princesses that live under the sea, how to make a raft to sail out beyond the reef, and rainforest treks to find trees with pink bananas (they actually found some!)
There is something about the ocean and the island breeze that feels so natural to the rhythm of our little ones. The waves coming in, the waves going out, offer a rhythm that allows them to sink deeper into their play—the shell collecting, the coconut tree climbing, the diving into a vibrant turquoise section of water that has even brighter blue little fishes.