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#489: Near Tragedy & A Back Yard Flood

Sunday, May 29, 2011

This afternoon was supposed to be a relaxing time of conversation with family and friends followed by a delicious BBQ dinner. It nearly ended with a trip to the hospital.

I was invited to share dinner today with my niece, her husband, her 7-year-old son, her neighbors, their young daughters and my sister. My niece's husband is a magician with BBQ and I looked forward to dinner and catching up with everyone. All went well until after dinner.

While my nephew and his friends played in the back yard some of us watched a movie inside while others were on the back porch talking.

The peace of the afternoon was pierced by a shriek from one of the girls. As a group we all raced for the back porch door expecting to see one of the girls injured. One of them was nearly stabbed.

The kids, against parents' orders, had picked up two pieces of construction rebar with sharp ends that had been staged on the side of a shed and were sword fighting with them. My little nephew had swung his piece of steel at one of the girls, missing but stabbing instead the side of my niece's above-ground pool.

Amid the kids' parents screaming and the kids' crying it was quickly determined no one was hurt. But 5,000 gallons of water gushed out the side of the ruptured pool, quickly flooding the yard and seeping onto the back porch.

Many frantic efforts later, the flood subsided and the cleanup began. The properly chastised young ones howled at having been yelled at, knowing that appropriate punishment would be meted out later. The parents screamed at each other wondering who, if anyone, had been supervising the kids' play.

After my nephew was banished to his room and his friends were sent home with their mother, calm again descended and we realized how easily one of the kids could have had an eye put out, or worse.

I am not and have not been a parent so I do not know what punishment was or will be dished out to the young ones but I have learned over the years that even when they are specifically told not to touch something, they will, and that even at 7 years of age children need to be watched.

If you have young ones, please do not ever let them out of your sight. As is proven time after time it only takes a few seconds for them to wander into a street in front of a car, or drown in a pool or in this case nearly stab another child with a sharpened piece of steel.

All life is precious but perhaps that of a child more so. Wouldn't it be an everlasting, heartrending memory to know that taking eyes off a youngster for only a few seconds resulted in a tragedy?

Fortunately, this time, that didn't happen. But it very easily could have.
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    I'm going to take a different view on this (please don't beat me up!) It's a proven fact that children will always find a way to get into mischief., however, if the adults had not been (sitting) watching a movie, or (sitting) chatting on the porch, but involved in some physical activity with the kids, they could have had fun and kept an eye on them at the same time. Other less favorable options would have been to lock them up in a room or tie them to the bed posts. (only kidding!)

    Just my opinion. : )

    Anyway, glad to hear that no one got hurt.

    3559 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    thanks Lou!
    My daughter is 2 years old and she is a handfull as everything is an mistery to her and she wants to investigate EVERYTHING.

    I hope the kids are all OK!
    3563 days ago
    I could so deeply relate to your blog. I take my grandchildren with me to the pool on a regular basis. Today I had 4 of them with me. The three girls all swim like fishes, even the 5 year old and they are all over the pool. My grandson barely keeps his head above water but is sincerely trying and grandmama is teaching him as best I can. I must pay very close attention to Kaydon.. but I also must keep my head pivoting around the pool to keep an eye on all 3 of the girls. I KNOW that there are lifeguards at the pool... but accidents can happen so quickly and I would never forgive myself if something happened on my watch. The pool was so very crowded today that it was VERY difficult to keep it all focused & feel calm. I was glad to go home. Thanks for reminding us of a very important lesson! emoticon
    3563 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Powerful blog. Thank God nobody was injured! ~Leslie
    3563 days ago
    Wow! Pretty scary, Lou! Thank God no one was hurt. We adults get wrapped up in conversation and get distracted. It happens, but it's so frightening when kids do things like that because they just don't realize they can be seriously hurt.
    3563 days ago
    Thank God this was not worse! Such dangerous things should be locked away in a shed or stored in such a way that makes it very difficult for kids to get to them. Having four kids, I know it is impossible to keep your eyes on them at all times, but it is SO important to supervise them, particularly when other kids are around. It is at that time they will do things they would NEVER attempt on their own. Gunsafes for handguns, locked chests for knife displays, secure cabinets for rifles are all great ideas, but the fact is, a kid can cause just as much havoc with a shovel, a chef's knife, a lawn mower's gas can, SO many other things if left unattended. Again, I thank God none of those children were injured.
    3564 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Thank you Lord that everyone was ok. Things are things and can be replaced, people can't.

    I'm so glad it came out ok and that everyone learned a lesson, we hope.

    Happy Memorial Day! emoticon
    3564 days ago
    To God Be the Glory, no one Got Hurt. That is the most important thing and that lessons were learned from there disobeying their parents. Thank God!!!
    3564 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Praise God no one was hurt.
    3564 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    My Lord, what a close call! I agree with Tempest. The image of that pool probably was the best lesson those kids have learned.
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    Comment edited on: 5/30/2011 10:22:47 AM
  • TEMPEST272002
    Wow, sounds like a close call. I'm glad everyone is ok. I bet the image of that collapsing pool will stay with those kids a long time... hopefully, it's enough to teach them the lesson about sharp pointy objects & the meaning of "don't touch".
    3564 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    Thank God no one was hurt!
    3564 days ago
    I am glad none of the kids were hurt, but yes, it is true, parents need to pay attention to their children at all times. It takes no time at all for a tragedy to happen.
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    3564 days ago
    I'm glad no one was hurt.
    3564 days ago
    So glad that all is well. An expensive lesson to be learned here but praise the Lord that none of the children were hurt!! You are so right...it only takes a blink of an eye for children and adults to get into trouble....sometimes without even trying.
    3564 days ago
    Lou, you are SO RIGHT!!! Just the other day, Kali called me, just sobbing (from relief) that a little 3 year old boy had been lost in her neighborhood until a neighbor of hers started walking him from house to house to see where he belonged. He came by Kali's house hoping for a clean pull up, which she had. The CPS and police ended up coming and they eventually found where he belonged, the mother disheveled and obviously just woken up from sleep--at 11:30 a.m.! ANYTHING could have happened to that little guy! I hope the powers that be have made the right decisions in this situation, but most of all, I hope this little boy is better supervised and cared for in the future!

    SO glad things turned out OK for your family and friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3564 days ago
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