No, not that awful movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, the real beach. You know the one I'm talking about.. No, not that one.. The one that appears inside your children's sneakers from daycare.
I never thought it would be possible to have a pound of sand in each shoe when they didn't really go to the beach. (While I didn't actually weigh it, by the amount that ends up in the dust buster, I can only imagine it's that much). Plus, their shoes aren't even that big! They are wearing sizes 9 and 9.5 in kids! How do they even have room for their feet with so much sand?! Yet, every day when they come home and rip off their sneakers, there they are on the tile in front of the door, piles of sand. It's kind of a running joke between many of the parents because we all know what we're talking about when we say "the beach". "Oh did you go to the beach today?" "No, the beach came to us!"
The good thing about the winter is the lack of sand in their shoes. However, then there's the snow. I guess the beach isn't so bad after all.