We were across from Tween Waters Inn, and as we walked onto the beach, the first thing we saw was a little boy chasing the shorebirds. I won't call him a 'bad boy', but I will say that his parent was obviously not concerned about teaching him to love and respect wildlife. This child ran up and down the beach clapping his hands and yelling at the birds to scare them away. He then watched until they landed in another spot, just to do the same thing again. His family sat and laughed, the mother even got up at one point and ran with him through the birds, waving her arms and screaming. This went on the entire time we were there.
I know kids just want to play and the little ones aren't doing it to be mean. I have to say it looked like a lot of fun for the little guy. They may not realize they are scaring the birds, and some parents may even think it doesn't matter because they can't catch them, they only move down a little way to a different spot and their child is getting a lot of exercise.
Some children I've seen are just curious, walk slowly toward the birds, not intending to scare them. The birds actually don't seem scared, they just sorta move out of the way if they get a little too close. To me there is a difference.
I just feel that even though a child is young, they can still have fun while you teach them to love, respect and have compassion for living creatures. What better time than when they are young? I think ultimately, it teaches them to respect all living things, including their fellow humans, and themselves.
We walked over to Tween Waters Inn Crow's Nest. We visited with a couple of friends we hadn't seen for a long time.
After a while we looked around and realized that we had missed the sunset. I stepped outside to get a look at the afterglow.
This is how the sky looked when we left.
And....the cool breeze on the way back to Sanibel
was nothing short of awesome!