We are saddened this morning by the death of a boy who drowned yesterday at our neighbor's house. We love to go boating in the evening when Rob gets home from work. It is quiet on the lake and not so many boats. Our young kids are just learning to ski, and I feel better, when it is not so crowded.
We passed this family and friends on their dock last night many times and heard them laughing and enjoying the cool of the water. As the day came to an end, we saw lights and police cars and heard the ambulance surrounding their home.
Rob's pager went off as we approached from the water. We immediately knew what that meant. My children are young, but even they knew. Rob handles the difficult part of life...death. A young boy, only fifteen years old had drowned on a Friday evening while enjoying a pleasant evening with his family.
Some folks think we are a bit strict, because we make our children wear a life jacket on the dock and in the lake at all times. They are all capable swimmers, but the lake is dark. Cramps happen. Injuries happen.
We can't live in fear, but we can learn from these sad experiences. We have seen it so many times over the decade that we have lived here...family and friends enjoying the lake and each other and children falling in or wandering in never to be seen again. It absolutely breaks my heart.
Please lift a prayer for this family today.
Hug your little ones. Hug your big ones.
Make your little ones wear life jackets around the water. Start early and they will accept it as a way of life. Let them scream, if they don't like the jacket. I have seen too many parents take it off, when their child started to scream. Leave it on. Their life is worth it.
Life is a gift.
Life is precious.
I have shared this story in the hopes it will bring awareness to water safety for children.
Blessings to you this Saturday morning,