I’m Emily, and I’ve got a thing for water.
As a kid growing up in Pennsylvania, we would spend our summer days swimming at the community pool from the time they opened until the lifeguards rang the bell at sunset.
My family also had a small sailboat -that we nicknamed ‘Daddy Boat’ on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and if the jellyfish weren’t too thick in the water, we’d take turns throwing a rope in the boat’s wake, being pulled by the power of the wind.
As a competitive swimmer, I spent hours each day in pools year round, and I’ve always felt more comfortable, powerful, and beautiful submerged in water than I do on land.
So when I drove out to California over a decade ago and parked our 1967 Airstream trailer across the street from the ocean in Malibu – I knew I had found home.
Fittingly, I learned to surf here with my best friend with whom I shared the endless summers of my childhood. Here’s Jes, demonstrating her bendiness at one of our summer vacations to the shore.
For an entire summer, I hit the waves every day without fail, soaking up sun and salt water.
Living footsteps from the beach, I met my British husband. He nicknamed me Surfer Girl and I called him Bloke. We fell in love over our surf boards, got married on the sand.
Now we have two little grommets to show for it.
We live in the mountains just on the fringe of Los Angeles – a few minutes drive to the sea.
Enough about me… Let’s talk about YOU!
Where do you call home?
What have you been drawn to in your life?
City, country, sea?