Low tide parenting

This past few weeks we have been carmelizing down by the seashore.  Fireworks in the shape of a school house flared into the black night and split  us right open to the rhythm of the sea and the tides and the tea kettle.  I made plenty of mistakes parenting my kids each day, just like usual, but the difference was I could turn them loose on the sand and they could build up an empire between us.  We walk away each day from one doomed empire and return the next day to loosen the sand and build another.