Excerpt from Chapter Eleven – “Toughening Up, or Getting Used to the Climate and Pace”

Published August 11, 2016

Arrogantly Shabby: A Pawleys Island Memoir by Clara C. Bitter

Excerpt from Chapter Eleven – “Toughening Up, or Getting Used to the Climate and Pace”:

Children embraced the lifestyle immediately. Free to roam the house and the beach, little ones took to the vacation like fiddler crabs to sand. Any adult nearby could assist anybody’s children with ease. All ages easily learned to turn on the shower, scavenge the kitchen for snacks or lunch and call for an adult to watch while they hit the water. No need to wait for a parent to emerge. Tending to children developed into a community affair.

For the most part the oldest children enjoyed unsupervised freedom, parents interfering when something potentially dangerous loomed or when the teenagers wanted to leave. I stayed personally clueless about the teenage goings-on, worrying about my small children for most of my stay, and only experiencing young adult rebellion the last couple of years.