Hove BeachKids on beach Bringing Up Brits

The joy of living by the sea in England really comes to light during the summer months. It’s been an incredibly busy time with work and this past weekend was jam packed both days! Didn’t get any R&R but I did manage to enjoy a few minutes on a lunch break to sit quietly and enjoy the sea view from Hove beach in Sussex. Truly spectacular.

As the children grow older, their interest in the beach and ability to love it instantly without getting bored is quickly becoming a benefit of the past. As someone who didn’t grow up near the seaside, I can never take the location of our ‘now’ home for granted. I suppose that will be different for my children who are growing up by the seaside. And an English one too! Lord, what have we done! Fish n’ Chips, tacky fairground rides and smoky archaic arcade games will all be a part of their childhood history. I’d love to interview them now as if they were adults and see what they really thought of their years of pebbly beaches, windy picnics, and ‘mandatory’ Sunday afternoon beach days. Of course we also have the countryside on our doorstep too. The beautiful Sussex Downs.

Sussex Downs

I wonder if my children will feel they missed out on city life growing up. I grew up in small cities mostly but lived in the suburbs. I remember one time as a young teenager, going out in Toronto with my much more worldly and grown up cousin. I was amazed at what existed for kids my age and couldn’t believe there was this whole other world that I had never known about before.

Here, if we did live in a city, we would probably live in the city. We are very centrally located here but Worthing is a town, not a city so much quieter and very tame (aka boring according to my eldest). However, when we go to London, my daughter comments on how big and overpowering everything is. She doesn’t like this. It’s interesting because she’s never said that about America even though it feels much bigger and everything is literally much bigger. I suppose we’ve never taken her to New York City…. yet. I’m curious to know how much our choice of location and environment will influence their choices when it comes time for them to set up house…. and where that ‘house’ will be.

Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits and co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs with Heidi Mulligan Walker. Meghan is also the Director and Chief Designer at her own design company, White Ochre Design Ltd. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.