A scary thing happened the other day. We were at a birthday party for a three year old girl. There was an above ground pool. I was in the pool with my daughters. It was a beautiful summer day filled with the excitement of a birthday party. There were lots of little children in the pool splashing and having fun.
Suddenly, I look across the pool and I see that the birthday girl has fallen in the pool with no vest on. I was the only adult in the pool. There were several children between me and the girl. I could see the look of panic in her eyes. Her arms were wailing so her head was staying afloat...but barely. As I tried to move across the pool, her head was going further down into the water. She lifted her head back. I pushed through the water but the force of the water made it difficult to walk fast enough. It felt like lead bricks were attached to my thighs and they were preventing my legs from moving as quickly as I wanted to. I stretched as far as I could. I reached over towards her. I pulled her up out of the water and lifted her to her mother on the deck. I sighed a huge breath of relief. I will never forget the look on her face.