Anne Marie was out of school and had no homework to do, so she had to find ways to occupy her time, and vacation was always the best option in those quiet summers. She was excited to finally go to Wildwood, where her family would rent a house for a couple of weeks. Her grandmother, Nin, great aunt, Aunt Sadie, and her mom would be there as well, and her dad would come on the weekends when he wasn’t working. They would walk the boardwalk and peek into shops, looking for treats to enjoy later, always making sure to get some saltwater taffy and fudge. After facing the crowded boardwalk and dodging the tram cars, they would head to the beach. She loved going to the beach with her parents. Her dad loved to swim, but Anne Marie never learned, so she just stuck her feet in the water and watched her dad swim in the waves, his head bobbing above the surface as he treaded water. She loved to splash around in the water with her dad, who was always willing to play with her and was often more of a troublemaker than his daughter. After playing for several hours, Anne Marie’s day at the beach would end with her mom calling her to get out of the water to start drying off before dinner. It was always easier to get her out of the water than her dad, who wanted to stay the rest of the day.
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