Just a day

I am hoping that for you, today is just a day.

Another boring, routine, running errands and cleaning the house kind of day.

For me, today is a reminder of one year ago.

When the population of my house doubled for a day and I quickly got to know three amazing young women.

I knew their mother and little brother, but hadn’t gotten to know them yet.

But here they were, spending the afternoon at my house.

Their parents were at the hospital with their little brother, who had just nearly drowned in my pool.

While we were all swimming.

Together.

It’s that easy for a child to slip beneath the surface of the water and lose consciousness.

It takes seconds.

And it can happen while you are right next to them.

It can turn a day – a normal, boring, routine day – into a nightmare.

So, I ask you to take a CPR class. Because you never know when you’ll need those skills.

And I ask you to stare – literally – stare at your children while they are in the pool.

I learned the hard way that being 2 feet away isn’t enough.

Please click the blue box above for the Mom’s story.

Comments

  1. I always try to remember that when I’m having a “bad” day that someone somewhere is having it worse. I cannot imagine. I taught my kids to swim when they were one and two because water is so scary, and they out numbered me three to one, and I couldn’t keep my eye on all three of them at the same time. Most major cities have “self rescue” swim instruction available for kids as early as six months, that teach them how to right themselves and float on their backs. We did not have an instructor locally, but that is the technique that I used along with several helpers and floaties while I wasn’t right there. I don’t even think it took six weeks for the three of them to learn self rescue and swimming to the side. I wouldn’t go to a pool without them knowing and I am so glad I taught them.

    But totally check out http://infantswim.com to see some amazing videos.

  2. The other day we were at the pool, and I was sitting there chatting and watching my kids. My three year old just decided to take a dip, without her swim vest on. I could hardly believe it. I flew out of my chair and pulled her out. But I remembered Darcie’s story, and I thought how easily I could have been looking away…for just a second…and not noticed. It makes me shudder.

    Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Goosebumps every time. Thanks for the reminder.
    I think of this story every time that I take my kids swimming. Every. Time.
    I was careful before. Very, very careful. Now, I have that extra bit of, well, vigilance.
    Thank you.

  4. This morning, I cried before I even got out of bed. Silent tears, not sobbing ones. But then I got up and read the blog of a young lady I know–a young lady dealing with leukemia. And it changed my perspective. Beyond being the anniversary of a tragic event, today is a gift. I choose to focus my attentions there, and appreciate the gift it is. But I’ll never forget.

    XO

  5. Darcie and Becca, we just have to thank God that he was there watching over all of you that day. And thank you – for the reminder Becca. I know not too long ago I passed the article on to my nephew (who just had a pool built in his back yard) his wife thanked me. They have two children and I am sure that they will have parties, company and many visitors over the summer. I pray to God that everyone who reads this and goes on to read the article from that day remembers it every time a child gets in to a pool this summer. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times.

  6. This kind of post makes such a difference. I am a lifeguard and even I have moments of distraction. Thank you for this post.

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