We were all sitting in the backyard planning my grandmother’s eightieth birthday party. There were five adults sitting under a tent, and a few adults sitting by the two-foot deep kids pool. Since I was in the tent trying to organize the surprise birthday party, I asked my husband to watch our eldest, five at the time, and middle child age two at the time. Now both of my girls had been in swimming lessons since they were infants, but you still had to watch especially when they were quite a few kids in the pool horsing around. Middle child was wearing water wings, and this would be the last time she wore them. I don’t know what happened but my husband was distracted and when I looked over, middle child was bent over, head fully emerged in water, arms sticking out. She couldn’t right herself because of the water wings. I dropped my glass, spilling it all over the table, jumped over people, ran to the pool, just to grab her in time. I pulled her out, she was gasping for her breath. I flipped, yelling at my husband, I don’t really know what I said because I was so scared we had lost her.
The lesson here: watch your kids, enrol them in swimming lessons, the summer is here and so is the heat. A child can drown in very little water.