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Curtis in the World: Boxes in the sand

“Daddy, you have to stay in your box!” Yana yelled, a stern look on her face as she drew a square box around me in the sand. I listened intently as Yana explained to Julia and I the rules of her incomprehensible beach game.

“First you have to go to mommy’s box and erase her name, then she has to come to your box, do you understand, Daddy?”

I looked down at Yana and smile, “Honeybun, yes I do understand.” I had zero idea what to do, but I decided to watch my wife Julia, who seemed to have a better understanding of Yana’s obscure commands (which were also in German).

I leapt out of my box and tried to erase my wife’s name in the sand, which she was guarding. As Julia was pushing me away, Yana went to my box and started erasing my name in the sand. The game became more and more confusing as we ran around laughing and trying to prevent one another from erasing the names in the sand.

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We had arrived at Derrynane Beach, Ireland, specifically to look for the fairy trail — a green, mystical glen where the fairies allegedly lived, but we decided to visit the beach instead because Yana wanted to put her feet in the water.

“The fairies can wait, right?” Yana asked.

Julia and I smiled at Yana and assured her that the fairies would still be there after we were finished at the beach. We took off our boots and rolled up our pants and walked through the water.

My God, this water is cold, I thought, making sure that my expression and body language did not convey how uncomfortable I was. Meanwhile, Yana and Julia were playing around in the water as if it were 80 degrees outside.

After spending 30 minutes splashing around, partially building a sandcastle, and spotting two women skinny dipping together with a bottle of whiskey in their hands, we decided to make our way toward the fairy trail.

Curtis Albers is a former abused foster care child survivor turned Army Ranger. He enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, astronomy, and generally enjoys interacting with other human beings who are just as optimistic, interesting, creative, and passionate as he is.

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Joni Smith
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Joni Smith

I love your daughter. She is a hoot and quite the source of entertainment. Your stories of her make me smile. I have to ask about the fairies though. Did you get to go to the “green, mystical glen where the fairies allegedly lived” ? Please say yes and there will be a story to tell. From your pictures i can only guess that that water was really cold. I don’t know how your wife and daughter were running around like it was warm out and then you mention the two women skinny dipping with some whiskey. Perhaps the whiskey… Read more »

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Joni, we did make it to the fairy glen! It will be my next article! Immediately after the beach we drove around looking for it for about 20 minutes.

Joni Smith
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Joni Smith

Yay! I look forward to the “fairy” tale. Haha.

susanh
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susanh

Curtis, what a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing your precious family with us, especially your darling daughter! I am so pleased that you have such great love in your life. God bless you and your family.

homanj1
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homanj1

Curtis-As you should have noticed by now. DLTW………Daughters Lead the Way…..

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Ha, that is true!

Mason
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Mason

Stunning photos! The one of Yana by herself has the perfect backdrop with the sun out.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Thanks Mason, we have so many photos of her just running around, lol.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Thats when she was working on another box lol.

Mason
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Mason

Did you figure out all the rules?? lol. Awesome family time.

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