Thursday photo prompt – Low Tide #writephoto

Sue’s photo prompt for #writephoto this week.


Not a creative piece as such this time, more of a reminiscence.

When we were younger, we spent many a summer in Kenya, visiting family. Mombasa was a place we would frequent on occasion. Imagine it, a huge band of Indians, all parked on the beach, women attempting to feed the masses, kids enjoying the water and men nursing several beers!
The tide would go out for a certain time, allowing us to walk out into the sea quite a distance.
Please forgive me, I cannot offer your accurate fact, this is the memory of a 41-year-old from when she was nine!
My Pops wanted to walk out as far as he could so a few of us decided to all go together.
There was me, so brave, venturing out into the open sea. It was fine for the first minute, then I kept feeling strange things under my feet!
I saw sea cucumbers and strange creatures. The seabed was obviously uneven, and as my feet stumbled through the dips and raises, my mind worked overtime.
The seabed was obviously uneven, and as my feet stumbled through the dips and raises, my mind worked overtime.
I managed to convince myself that at the bottom of one of these dips, was a shark’s mouth, and if I put my foot down, it would be bitten off!
That was it, I shouted to Pops that I was going back, turned and ran, arms flailing like a little lunatic, back to the safety of the sand!
They all came back around 45 minutes later, walking almost a kilometre (I think!) into the sea, turning before the tide rose again!
Oh, what a wuss I was! Couldn’t even enjoy the low-tide without my imagination running wild!!!


35 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Eliza Waters
    Feb 05, 2017 @ 01:37:15

    Ha, the active minds of children!

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  3. neelwritesblog
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 16:34:10

    What a wonderfully written piece of childhood nostalgia is this, sis.

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  4. robbiesinspiration
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 15:52:50

    Oh shame, Ritu. You poor little thing. I used to think there was a shark in the swimming pool that came out at night so I wouldn’t even put a toe in the water after nightfall.

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  5. Jennie
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 15:23:27


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  6. Judy E Martin
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 13:56:23

    Wat a lovely story Sis. Your imagination served you well in the end though, look at the wonderful writing you have created 🙂

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  8. willowdot21
    Feb 03, 2017 @ 15:09:14

    Well what can I say, lovely memories, and look how useful that imagination of yours is now!! ❤

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  9. Michael
    Feb 03, 2017 @ 03:52:42

    I wouldn’t say you were a wuss, more cautious of your surroundings….great you could share this memory with us Ritu..

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  10. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 23:13:46

    Great story!

    Liked by 1 person


  11. noorainsobiya
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 21:53:40

    This is such an amazing prompt!! Loved the story 😂 cute you!!

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  12. Erika Kind
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 21:48:32

    Awh, that was the fear of a nine-year-old. You are definitely forgiven, Sis!



  13. Sue Vincent
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 21:27:27

    The child’s imagination can create so many fabulous things… not all of them comfortable! A lovely memory, Ritu 🙂

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  14. Tanya
    Feb 02, 2017 @ 21:13:41

    It’s such a wonderful quality to possess a wild imagination from an young age. I loved reading this little story. It’s so cute. Loved it. 😍❤️

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