Before breakfast, Anna’s grandmother liked to swim in a small bay. Anna considered the water too cold for swimming that early. Instead, she sat on a boulder. 

 

The sun warmed her face and shells gleamed in the sands. Gulls soared over the rocky islets and a family of swans fed in the shallows. An oystercatcher with a bright red beak stood on a rock by the reeds, guarding a nearby nest. 

As her grandmother slowly swam toward shore, Anna sat snug on her boulder watching the birds in the bay.

Morning Swim