Getting to Know the Gulls

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Getting to Know the Gulls

So I grew up in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (if you don’t know where that is, look it up), where I was surrounded by abundant beaches. Naturally, I took it for granted and didn’t take advantage of it. So once I moved to Georgia, USA, I missed the beach like crazy. Upon hearing that my husband was going on a business trip to St. Simon’s Island (a beach!), Georgia, I made sure that Z and I were tagging along. This was Z’s first beach trip (February 2011…she was 8 months old), and I wanted to really remember it.

It was chilly that morning and I had lugged Z along in her stroller. I didn’t see any ramps, and the stroller was pretty loaded, so it stayed up and watched us go down. The sand was pretty damp that day so the Baby Bjorn baby carrier came in v.handy as you can see above! Z and I were mesmerized by the waves.

I try grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries everywhere I go. This one was delicious. The seagulls thought so too. We all disliked the salady leaf though.


In Karachi, Pakistan, my family always wears our shalwar kameezes to the beach, colourful kurtas with balloony pants, or slim pants, you choose. They are cottony thin and dry in minutes! Unfortunately that first day in St. Simon’s was pretty rainy and gloomy. At least my shalwar kameez dried pretty quickly.

I loved these inquisitive, friendly birds. Z loved them too. They weren’t afraid to come close.

Baby + Birds = ? (haven’t figured it out yet). I told you the seagulls didn’t like the salady leaf. That’s the weird looking lump above.

Z and the seagull aren’t friends…yet.

I was sad when Z kicked off her sock-boot (my mum bought them hand-knitted from Turkey!) as it got all soggy and muddy, but it looked so pretty and stood out on the dark, dreary mud that day.

I wish I knew his name.

Moist Mud = A welcoming canvas waiting for your thoughts…

So I totally overpacked (like usual). Did Z wear her hat? For a minute. As for the pretty head band, maybe a few more minutes. I loved the contrast with her hat and my hat. Why can’t people add more colour to adult accessories/clothes? At least Pakistan has got that figured out :).

The Sun. Finally. Came. Out and stopped being shy.

The seagull was never shy.

I wanted Z to enjoy the textures of the sand. She slept in it, rolled in it, played in it, and even ate it. Cleaning her up that day was a pain, but totally worth it.

The sun needed to go rest, as did we. By now, it was getting chillier, hence Z is wrapped up in a towel.

No caption does this photo justice.I love these sandals. They were bought on a whim in Puerto Rico on our ‘babymoon.’  Leaving the beach always makes me glum. All in all though, we had a great time and really got to know the gulls :).

“Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing” (Quran 67:19).

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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

9 responses »

  1. What a beautiful story! I love your photos too, especially the one of Z’s hands in the sand! My little man despises sand so trips to the beach are interesting for us 🙂

  2. Lovely pics; as above the hands in the sand grab me; you can really feel it. The colours on the shalwar kameezes’ are beautiful…

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