Today is my brother's birthday. He turned 4 years old. mommy let me skip school today because she wanted to take us to Galveston to celebrate his birthday. I was happy because Galveston usually means Christmas lights! I love Christmas lights!! Tia came with us too. we all piled into the car and drove the long drive to Galveston Island. But when mommy pulled the car up to the seawall, I felt my anxiety to swell. "no no! go to Galveston, not beach," I said. Mommy answered, "we are in Galveston we are going to play in the sand. It'll be fun!" and everyone started to get out of the car. Tia came and got me out of the car but it was more than I could stand. Nerves took over. I started dancing my feet and shaking my head, yelling, "not beach, go to Galveston, look at lights. " mommy came over and crouched down, "Eric we are in Galveston. the Christmas lights at Moody Gardens are only up at Christmas time. It's Riley's birthday, we are going to play in the sand, make castles and shapes. See? I brought shovels and buckets and toys." I looked up at the waves crashing against the shore....scary waves. And mommy read my mind, "Eric, we are going to play in the sand not the water.