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Monday, June 18, 2007

SHE'S NO ESTHER WILLIAMS, YET

She's fast ... and way too brave!


Watching granddaughter Chloe run from the house after a pee-pee break and back out to the pool yesterday without her "swimmie" on sent me into a panic as I sprinted after her, screaming, "Don't jump in, don't jump in!"

Poppie Spud was standing there cleaning the pool but couldn't get to her fast enough either, and she jumped in anyway.

Thank goodness she was in the shallow end and I was able to grab her arm and pull her out before she went all the way under.


All of a sudden, Chloe realized just how important that floatation device is. She cried for a bit, but I think it was because she saw a very angry Nana scolding her and almost crying too from the sheer horror of watching her granddaughter flounder to stay above water.

I sick to my stomach for hours afterward. It surely was a wake-up call and makes one realize how fast the unthinkable can happen. We registered her for swimming lessons today.

Please, please, please don't take your eyes off your children, even for a minute, when they are swimming.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at a pool party yesterday...there were 13 children of various ages splashing around, while adults semi-watched them. I was riveted to the side of the pool, feeling I needed to play lifeguard (it wasn't my home or pool). I had been to a pool party as a teen and a 4 year old toddled off the steps and went under...it could have been a tragedy. I happened to see her, jumped in and grabbed her arm, (just like you did, Diana).

It only takes a second for something like that to happen.

Margaret

Mon Jun 18, 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no child should be around a pool without swimmies on!!!! Cause you never know. How dumb.

Mon Jun 18, 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous former lifeguard said...

She obviously couldn't go to the bathroom with her swimmie on, anonymous. I think Diana was just making a point of how fast it can happen, even with an adult like her and Poppie Spud right there.

Mon Jun 18, 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Spud said...

Anon, what is dumb about the child fleeing the bathroom in the house,then running directly to the backyard, down the steps,into the staircase of the swimming pool ,hands holding rail,submerging herself up to her neck,on tiptoes in the water, then screaming AGGGHHHH .. All the while being watched and witnessed by the Spudman, who is in total dissmay of the events that just unfolded in front of him! Meanwhile Nana is in hot pursuit, swimmie in hand shouting " NO DON'T JUMP IN, you dont have your swimmie on". Too late, She made the pool...

Mon Jun 18, 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is truly amazing just how fast those little feet can move. Lucky for you, Chloe wasn't that fast (although just fast enough!) and you were able to grab her. Maybe the scare she had just from watching you and Spudman might help her remember not to go in without permission. I've got an above ground pool with a removable ladder and I am still nervous my with my girls. Neither one of them are strong swimmers even though they have both has swimming lessons.

Good luck and I am so glad Chloe is ok. Now, have a drink and try to relax!

: - )
Kate
Katespot

Mon Jun 18, 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

I am glad she is ok. Is she afraid of the pool now? Swimming lessons are a must with a pool, but still have to have eyes behind your head.

Tue Jun 19, 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Chloe cried for about a minute, then she got the swimmie back on and jumped right in.

Tue Jun 19, 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Sophia Murano said...

Number one-I am happy that someone other than myself is old enough to know who Ester Williams is!

Number two-it would be a very wise thing if inground home pools were only 5 feet deep-no diving etc. This way even if an adult watching a child couldn't swim they could at least just walk in and pull the child out-it would also minimize the neck and back accidents that happen with a diving board
P.S. Your pool is classy

Fri Jun 22, 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

sounds like Chloe wasn't only one who did a "pee-pee" that day, except Diana prob. didn't have time to make it to the house (from fright)...anyone with small children/grandchildren should invest in a portable swim safety fence, esp. if pool near back sliding doors, etc.)..are not too expensive...look online for info/prices/styles to fit your needs...

Thu Jun 28, 05:57:00 PM  

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