Drowning is the second leading cause of injury deaths of infants
and children younger than 15 years old in the United States. I know many of
you may have small children and relatives so this may be of some interest to
you. A personal experience happened to me when I was around seven years
old. I still can remember it like yesterday. This incident almost cost me my life,
I was disobedient and it still has a big effect on me now. This little act of mine
caused a lot of stress to many people, I was seven years old and at the time I
was the only child. I stayed with my mother and my step-dad. We lived in the
trailer parks; I was at the babysitters house and she had two teenage sons.
One was named Tim and the other Derrick, and I wanted to be like them. It
was a hot summer day, and Tim and Derrick went swimming at the pool up at
the front of the trailer park. I asked the babysitter could I go she said, NO!
This made me very upset because I couldnt go to the pool with her sons. She
told me the reason why I couldnt go was because she was in charge of me
and she wasnt going to be up there watching me. I wasnt really caring about
what she was talking about. She went into the kitchen and was making me
some lunch while I was on the sofa. After lunch was ready I ate all my food
and told her that I was going outside to play with the dog. I went out to play
with Face; she was a full breed pit bull, but she liked me. After about an hour
of being bored outside playing by myself, I began to think of a way I could
sneak to the pool. I went inside the house without being seen and put on my
swimming trunks. Running as fast as I could I left out the house and sprinted
to the pool. I was so happy I was finally at the pool, so I walked around the
pool once and took off my shoes and shirt. Not knowing I was at the deep
end of the pool I ran and jumped into the pool. Straight to the bottom I went.
All of a sudden in one blink my fun turned into a scare. It was the water and
me and I didnt know how to swim. So I was gasping for air all I could see
was the suns rays hitting the water and the big white fluffy clouds. Next thing I
knew was I was drowning and I went to the bottom of the pool, 8 feet down.
All I remember next was I was on the ground and everybody was standing
around me, and people were kneeling also. Among the crowd was Tim and
Derrick looking and wondering was I all right. I felt really scared and nervous.
I was ok and they took me back to the house and told her what had
happened to me. She was furious because I snuck out and couldve killed
myself by being disobedient. My little act affected everyone, my mother, the
babysitter and her sons. I really learned my lesson the hard way. I still think
about this today how my life couldve been ended over my curiosity of
sneaking out and going to the pool.