So we were invited to a birthday party today. It was an outdoor party, held at a camp. I knew they were going to swim, but with basketball, archery, and other activities, I didn’t expect to find anyone in the water for long. We were running late, I didn’t have my teenage helpers, I had just gotten my hair done, so I’d decided my kids wouldn’t swim.
Easier said than done. All the other kids were splashing around in the water. My children were soon discontent with just wading. The baby waded in up to her butt almost immediately and got her pants all wet. I stayed firm about her. If I couldn’t take her in the water, she wasn’t going. The other kids borrowed swim suits and joined their friends. My 6 year old son put on a life jacket like all the other small children at the party. My 8 and 10 year old girls, who have had swim lessons, swam without flotation devices. That was the only swimming I saw out there.
I know the bigger boys must have done something to get out to the deep water platform; I just didn’t see them swim there. There were some College student helpers in boats, on platforms, etc. I assumed that the wet one was the lifeguard. I would have taken my oldest daughter to the party if she hadn’t just gotten her hair done.
I spent most of my beach time chasing my 2 year old away from the water. She would have jumped in in a hearbeat if I’d let her.
Everyone obviously loved the water, and they all had a ball. They just didn’t know how to swim. How often have you seen that? It’s like every hot day, black folks go to pools and lakes to splash around, not to swim. It’s so dangerous, even with a life jacket.
And we wonder why the drowning rate is so high. . .