VerseLove Day 19 of 30 – How to Be Poems

Kayaking with dolphins, Easter 2022

Today our host at http://www.ethicalela.com for VerseLove, Sheri Vasinda, inspired us to write How To Be Poems. I immediately thought of the video I received from my son on Easter, after the kayaking adventure with his two older children when they saw a pod of dolphins. They live on the coast and kayak frequently.

I love the way he and his wife are raising their children to be lovers of the outdoors, and it made me think about how to be a coastal adventure parent.

How to be a Coastal Adventure Parent

  1. Teach your babies how to swim.
  2. Model safety by wearing a life jacket out on the water.
  3. Show your children how to respect nature – wild animals included.
  4. Spend quality time together away from screens!
  5. Be thrilled and remain calm when you encounter the unexpected.
  6. Make every single moment matter.
  7. Invest time in making memories.
  8. Seize the sunshine – and relish the rain!
  9. Share videos with Nana and Poppy so they, too, can be amazed.
  10. Never underestimate the power of a dolphin to outdo the Easter Bunny.

Psalm 104:24-25 

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.

The Coastal Adventurers
Adventurers

Special thanks to Two Writing Teachers at Slice of Life for giving writers voice and space!

7 Replies to “VerseLove Day 19 of 30 – How to Be Poems”

  1. Kim,
    #4 is my favorite. Screens dominate our lives and steal play from children. I giggled at the Easter Bunny being upstaged by dolphins. It is appropriate. The photos show a beautiful family. I’m so glad you shared them. Lovely post and poem today accompanied by the perfect bible verse.

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  2. We were lucky enough to spend Easter at the home of our son and his wife on the bay in Sea Isle. They just redid it and sitting in their family room feels like being on a cruise ship. Your poem made me think of how they are raising their two girls. The children are so blessed to spend summers surrounded by nature and its wonders. I am very grateful for that. Can’t wait to try this poetic structure. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I agree! What a fantastic slice. You set this up in such an engaging way. I love how your son is raising his family to love and appreciate the outdoors. I also enjoyed reading your “how to”

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  4. I like this idea of a “how to become” list. Number 5 is my favorite-remaining calm is tricky but expecting the unexpected, well that’s life, right? Your reference to Psalm 104 is perfect. Thank you God for creating this Earth we get to enjoy and play in!

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  5. Kim – the video – the utter grace of those dolphins – who could see it without holding one’s breath in awe? Your words weave the practical and the magical in a perfect tapestry here, the imagery of children learning how to swim, respecting nature, loving family, savoring generations – all full of wonder and oh, yes that dolphin will indeed outdo the Easter Bunny in its playful, enchanting persona…not to mention its symbolic connection to Christ in antiquity. I love every line of this – does not surprise me at all that we were on the same wavelength again, writing of sea creatures today!

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