Vicariously New Experiences at Bethany Beach
If I’m with someone experiencing something for the first time, it is easy for me to adopt their excitement. Everything feels fresh and new to me as well. A good example is hiking with children. The views may be predictable to me– but watching my young companion(s) discover overlooks and waterfalls or even tiny rollypollies is just as invigorating as was my inaugural visit.
For more recent examples, we can look to August’s trip to Bethany Beach, Delaware. I’m not much a drinker, but I did find myself much more inclined to visit a bar this year, now that my cousin Sam is twenty-one.
“How come you’ll go drinking with Sam, but not with me?!?” my fifty-six uncle exclaimed one night. I suspect I routinely disappoint him with my lack of “debauchery”.
The answer lies in sharing a new experience. Sam was finally old enough to join the older relatives! It was a new experience for her and I certainly didn’t want to miss that! I was a tag-along, a libation lamprey.
Another vicariously new experience for me at Bethany Beach– Rollerblading!
In my quest to rollerblade in all the U.S. States, Delaware was achieved long ago. It was my second state behind Virginia. But this year, I got to skate Delaware as if it were my first time. I got the share it with multiple relatives!
My cousin Sam:
Now, I have actually skated with both Carolyn and Sam before. But check out our party’s fourth—
We didn’t go far. We didn’t go fast. But by doing it together, it was a memorable adventure!
Next time I am inclined to go to a bar, I just may have to do a toast.
“Hooray for Vicariously New Experiences!”