When we were moving into the house we live in now, which by the way is right next door to my wife’s parents house, which really is not as bad as it sounds.
Sure her parents come over and just walk in like it is their house, which can be aggravating, but I have come to be used to it.
Because they live right next door, we have someone to sit with our daughter pretty much whenever we need someone to sit with her, so it kind of evens out.
Anyways, when we were moving in, my mother in law offered to watch my youngest who was two years old at the time, and her four-year old cousin.
Just so that it would be easier for us to focus on moving in, and my sister-in-law was moving into the house we were leaving on the same day, so it was a family effort.
When I pulled into my driveway with the final load of our possession’s, I heard a grunting sound in my in-laws back yard, so I looked over the fence.
I saw my niece standing by the in ground swimming pool acting rather peculiar and just grunting, with no one else around.
Sensing something was wrong, I jumped the fence and ran to the pool.
What I saw when I got to the pool still scares the hell out of me to this day.
I saw my two-year old gift from God floating on her back, and with water in her mouth gurgled out, help me daddy.
After I pulled my daughter from the pool, it seemed as if an entire ocean of water came out of her body.
Because her grandmother made the mistake of telling the girls to wait outside for her while she put on her bathing suit, my daughter at two years old, had been put in a situation where she had to choose to sink or swim.
Thankfully, she knew enough to float on her back and not let the panic, (which I am sure she must have had), overcome her.
She chose to swim.
I thank God, that he put me where I needed to be when my daughter needed me the most.
I am happy to tell you that my daughter swims like a fish now, she is so comfortable in the water that it is often very hard to convince her it is time to get out.
She is a lot like me in many ways, when she decides she wants something she goes after it with everything she has in her, she lets nothing stop her from achieving her goals.
As I have told you before, my book is ready, well at least what I can do with it, writing the story that is done.
I am currently seeking an illustrator, because I cannot draw a straight line, even with the help of a pencil and a ruler.
I should have someone to illustrate my book for me soon, and then its off to publishing with kindle.
It is time for me to sink or swim.
I am choosing to swim.