Yesterday we attended a pool party given by one of the families that has a daughter in my Drew's class. They have done this for each of their daughters, inviting each student's entire family every summer. It was a lot of fun to see many of the kids from Drew's class and their families. When we arrived, storms were passing through, and we thought we would be spending the entire time indoors. The rain relented, and the kids were able to have a good time.
I would like to say that this story has a happy ending. Shortly after we left, the younger sister of one of Drew's classmates was found at the bottom of the pool. She was 3. They attempted to resuscitate her for 1 1/2 hours to no avail.
Initially, I thought I was going to write something about pool safety, but you know, nothing could have prevented this tragedy. Her Mom was so vigilant the entire time we were there. The family who hosted the party were also vigilant about having all of the kids watched. There were adults both inside and outside the pool. When this happened, everyone was done swimming. She had slipped away. She was found by the hosts' 10 year old daughter.
So, I write this with great sadness. This week, we will be attending the funeral of a 3 year-old girl who was taken home to Jesus much before her time. Please keep the families involved in your prayers. Please hug your children and tell them you love them because life is just too short.