Behind the Picture at the Beach… without a helmet

The story behind the picture at the beach:  we live very close to a great beach.  Like, we can walk there in five minutes so we’re there ALLTinyMan in Helmet at Old Man BeachLLLL the time.  It’s still special and exciting to go even though we practically live there March through October.  This particular day was a very special one though.  This was the day that the Tiny Man, the Koala Bear, got to take off his helmet for good!

If you’re not familiar with it, there is a condition that some babies have called plagiocephaly.  This is when the plates of the cranium are stuck and make the head flat in back and potentially impact the formation of the front of the cranium, including the face.  There are a few different types, but what he had was positional plagiocephaly, meaning that his head was the same shape months after his birth as it was before he was born due to how he was carried.  For that he was prescribed a foam helmet to put pressure in all the right places to shift his plates.  There were some tough days with it, including when his bones would shift a bit and the helmet would rub a new place too much and create raw spots.  It TinyMany at Beach with Helmet 1was tough, but not as bad as it could’ve been.

Well, after several months in the Kaboom helmet we had our regular appointment to check him out…and he had shifted so much in the recent days that he was done!  To celebrate, we got home and went right to the beach, no longer worried about sand getting up inside and rubbing another spot raw.  It was a happy day for everybody, especially the Tiny Man.

Why do people like this picture:  it’s all about the cute baby.  He’s too cute.  That’s it.  True, the beach is amazing and the sand is warm and the water is clear and the sun is shining and we’re all happy, but it’s that cute baby that does it.

Rob Taylor and TinyMan at Old Man Beach 1

About where we are:  Old Man House Park is located in Suquamish, Washington about 40 minutes across the Puget Sound from Seattle.  Suquamish is an Indian Reservation, and this tribe is the one Chief Sealth hailed from.  He was the namesake of Seattle.  Chief Sealth was integral to bringing peace to the area when the white settlers began to take over.  His grave is just up around the corner from Old Man House Park.LittleMan at Old Man Beach Suquamish 2

Why is it called that:  this park was the site of the Suquamish Tribe’s longhouse.  The US Army declared imminent domain and moved the tribe up the hill to use the beach and surrounding area for a base.  They burned down the longhouse and other tribal buildings… and then changed their mind immediately following, placing the army station in a different area of the west Sound.  It’s an unfortunate story and an all too common one in the history of the United States.

How to get here:  take a ferry from downtown Seattle, drive across Bainbridge Island and turn onto Suquamish Way.  The park is off the main road, so you have to ask for directions.  While you’re there, check out the Suquamish Tribal Museum and pay your respects to Chief Sealth in the tribal cemetery.

Agate Passage from Old Man Beach 1

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