Your friendship starts small. You dip your toe in and cringe. “Too cold!”
Disappointed, she pulls away, giving you time to adjust. After a while, she creeps up again, this time with lacy froth.
Your feet stay in. “It’s not that bad.”
You follow after your new friend as she leaves again. Roaring with laughter, she hugs you tight, almost knocking you off your feet.
“Too much!” you complain, and this time she wrestles you down to the sand. Gasping for breath, you’ve had enough, and you turn away. Gently she holds you, pulling you toward her as your feet sink in the soft sand. Wave after wave, she tries to convince you to come back and play with her.
But you’re finished. It’s time to get out of the ocean and relax in your beach chair. Time to read about other friends’ lives.