It's been almost a month since a severe drowning tragedy
in Louisiana. On August 3rd, 7 teens playing in the water at a Shreveport, LA park fell into a sinkhole. Each non-swimming teen tried to save another, all drowned but 1. Even more horrific: the children who drowned were siblings from 2 different families. And the most horrific? Their parents watched helpless, as the children screamed, "help me!"--because none of the adults could swim, either.
I don't know what else it will take to get people in the water to learn how to save themselves; others! This makes me think of Wanda Butts
. That poor woman lost her son, and then had the strength to start a foundation in his name, The Josh Project
, so nobody else would have to lose their child to drowning. But children are drowning daily. What will it take to eradicate this plague? There is no small pox in America any more. This is doable. But we have to make it a priority. We have to act.
My daughter, a lifeguard, is competing in the Miss Michigan USA
pageant next weekend. Her charity is the Make a Splash Foundation.
She too was heartbroken when she heard this story. If she could learn to swim, with her issues about getting her face wet, extreme fear of the water, and lack of buoyancy, anyone can!
While I'm talking, I still have 2 non-swimming children. I took them down to the pool for lessons as soon as I could after hearing this story. Will you join me?
cross posted at www.imswimming.net