Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

It's year-end close here at the Really Big Children's Book Publishing Company, so I won't be doing much blogging this week. I did want to put up this one link that a friend from work posted on my Facebook wall yesterday, though. We're finally getting into swimming season for the non-polar-bear set here in the Northeast, and this article talks about something that I think a lot of us would never have guessed on our own.

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning.


my2fish said...

great reminder Bonnie, thanks.

bonnie said...

Thanks! Good article, isn't it? I saw it last year for the first time; before that I would've assumed that anyone who was in any kind of trouble in the water would at least be flailing and splashing. Brian had good timing putting it up and I thought that if I was going to have one thing up on the blog for a few days, this would be a good one.

my2fish said...

Bonnie, I came ridiculously close to drowning last fall.

I can assure you - flailing/splashing and screaming were far from my mind. I only wanted to keep my head above water enough to catch a breath, and my arms were simply working below water to help me towards that goal of breathing.

I could see friends on the rocks nearby asking if I was going to be okay, and I couldn't even respond to them - I didn't want to waste any energy waving, or any breath by talking.

Scary stuff.

bonnie said...

I remember that story. Absolutely terrifying. Again, so glad you & your brother both lived to tell the tale.

Funny (strange funny, not funny funny) thing for me is that my earliest recollection of being in water involves falling into the deep end of a pool at the apartment hotel where we lived when we first moved to Hawaii. I was really little and it's a really vague memory. I always thought my mom fished me out but she's got no recollection of that - but I just feel like I remember sinking and having no idea how to get back to the surface, and then somebody jumping in after me and getting me out.

It took me a long time to learn to be confident and until my mom said that she doesn't remember it happening at all, I always thought that was behind my early fear of water.

I did eventually get over it - sort of hard to be a kid in Hawaii and be scared of the water, but I do remember being scared.

Baydog said...

Wow, swear to God, I've never ever been remotely close to feeling like I was drowning. Knock on a wooden boat.

Pandabonium said...

I'll post this link as well. In spite of being a good swimmer at a very young age - on and under water - I fell into a swimming pool when I was perhaps 5 (reaching for a toy boat) and the shock threw me off so much that panic set in and I forgot all I knew and was drowning. Lucky for me, my watchful Dad came to my rescue.

Thanks for posting this.