and Tommy jumped up and down. Mama was taking them to the beach today.
She bought them each a shovel and bucket and a new pair of swim trunks.
“Hurry, boys. We want to get to the beach before the tide come in. That
way you can build a big sandcastle.
the beach they went. There weren't many people there so they had a lot
of room to play. Mama set up her chair and umbrella and sat reading a
book. Timmy and Tommy grabbed their buckets and shovels and ran down
close to the water.
Timmy, there's a seashell.” Tommy ran to get it before the wave sucked
it back into the sea. “Here's another.” He picked that one up too.
found three seashells. They ran to their mama and left them sitting in
the sand next to her.
think I can build a bigger sandcastle than you can,” Timmy said.
can't. My sandcastle will be bigger than yours.” Tommy started filling
his bucket up with sand. He dumped it over once it was full and filled
pushed sand into a pile with his bare hands and then when it was big
enough he started putting some into his bucket and building towers
worked for an hour.
woke up and saw the seashells next to her. “How did these get here? I
might have stepped on them and cut my foot.” She saw the boys playing in
the sand. She gathered the shells and carried them down to the waves,
tossing them in. After she brushed the sand off her hands she went over
to see the sandcastles. “Tommy, yours is very creative. I like all the
towers and moat.” She said the same to Timmy. “Look at all those
done,” shouted Timmy. He stood proudly next to his sandcastle. “Look,
done too,” shouted Tommy. He smiled and called to his mama. “Come and
see what I did, Mama.”
watched in horror as a wave rushed in and knocked both boys sandcastles
away. Tommy cried and Timmy cried. They ran to their mama. “At least
we've got our seashells,” Tommy said.
felt bad. She'd just thrown their shells back into the sea, not knowing
who they belonged to. “I think we should gather some more.” Mama ran
down to the waves and whenever a shell bounced in, she picked it up and
washed it off. Tommy and Timmy did the same. Soon they had two bucket's
full of shells. They carried them back to the chair. Both Timmy and
Tommy had forgotten about their other shells and Mama was glad of that.
build another sandcastle next time we come, Mama, but we'll make it far
away from the waves.” Tommy hugged her.
for the fun day, Mama. Can we go and have some fish and chips now?”
laughed and took both boys by the hand. They held their buckets of
seashells in the other.