I hope everyone is having a terrific day. Before I get into this post, I want to welcome the readers from the Feed Me Friday blog hop. I’m happy you are here. I also hope you will pass the post along to others if you know parents who could benefit from today’s topic.
Last Tuesday, I discussed how important it is to be vigilant around the pool or lake. It would be a good idea to take a quick look at the blog if you have an extra minute in order to understand the particulars of this post. http://www.claytonpaulthomas.com/archives/378
Today, I want to discuss my extended family and how they lost track of a two year old. My grandparents had 16 children. (No, that is not a misprint). In the area and time they lived, having large families was commonplace. Of those children, 12 of them had at least 3 children each. I have about 50 cousins. But, one of my uncles (Cliff) died when he was two years old.
Years have passed and there are some variations of this story. Regardless, what happened was Cliff found his way to the pond on my grandparents’ farm, fell in, and was retrieved too late. His grave is next to the resting place of my grandparents.
For years, I have been a bit cynical of his passing. I always wondered how so many people could have lost track of Cliff. But, on the other hand, my aunts and uncles are very responsible people. While Cliff was going to the pond, many of them were involved in various chores that are associated with a farm.
Any traces of cynicism left my mind permanently when my youngest child fell into the pool at Calypso Cove and stared at me with eyes wide open- drowning. The thing is accidents will happen in the blink of an eye. When our children are near water, we really have to put down the Ipad, the book, and the phone in order to pay attention.
My grandparents raised children who turned out to be hard working, honest, and trustworthy people. I am very blessed to call them aunts and uncles. By all accounts, they had every right to be as proud as parents can be. Nevertheless, losing Cliff was a heavy burden. It’s a burden that happens to many families every year. Simply watching the news or reading a newspaper will confirm this point. I have heard of or read about four separate drownings over the last two weeks alone.
My message is simple and blunt. Please pay attention to your child near water. You’ll never regret it.
On Tuesday, I am going to talk about a topic that is much lighter than today’s post (because I can’t get much heavier). My youngest child recently tore the front cover off a book- and I am incredibly proud of him. I’ll tell you all about what happened and why you will want your child to rip off a cover or two as well. You won’t want to miss this so feel free to include your email address located at the top right hand side of the blog. The post will be sent to your email inbox as soon as it is published.
Have a terrific weekend!!!