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Friday, May 15, 2020



I am hesitant to re-open too soon. People do not seem to be taking this seriously. Many are too "me" oriented and thus only care about "their" needs and not the needs of others they might infect or spread the disease. Until we have a firm hand we need to be cautious. Jumping into the water before you learn to swim could be the death of you and others.

At age 9, I was just learning to swim at school. Our family went to the creek to wash their car and let my brother and me play in the water. My brother of 5 years of age could not swim and he stepped off a hidden cliff in the creek and sank. Not thinking, I dove in to save him not giving a heads up to my parents. I was able to put him on my shoulder and hold him above the water but I needed air. So I pulled him down under and then rose and got air calling for help. Then I dove back under and repeated this for what seemed like hours.

Then I got weak and lost him and I was under water and saw a bright light which made me calm. That calmness allowed me to rise and float to the surface. Fortunately, my dad had rescued my brother but another woman pull me from the water.

Hubris can kill you. I still feel I was on my way to heaven when I saw the light. But the calmness of allowing myself to go with the flow and not panicking saved my life. Afterward I got much better at swimming, made sure my children knew how to swim at age 5. I learned from my mistakes. Jumping into reopening when we do not know the territory reminds me of my experience. Learning to accept the experience could remove the panic and allow us to be saved.
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  • CATE195
    That is a very good analogy. I am all for opening up as long as we do it in a sensible way and take steps so that we can backtrack if needed.
    135 days ago
  • BEACHCOMBER16
    I don't think it is safe to open everything up without strict rules. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't follow the rules so there goes that. I have not hugged my parents in a couple of months! I speak/text them daily and I have sat in there yard and spoke to them once from 6+ feet away on Mother's Day.

    Your swimming experience sounds very scary but you were smart to figure out how to hold your brother up and then take turns taking a breath! Glad it had a happy ending.
    135 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I totally agree w/everything in your 1st paragraph. It is VERY selfish of those pushing for re-opening before it's safe. They just don't 'get it' that they are not just putting themselves @ risk . . . they are presenting a risk to anyone in their environment!

    Wow! What a story. Glad that woman was able to rescue you and your Dad got your brother!

    Hugs and hang tight.
    135 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I also don't think it should be opened up, as I am a High Risk, but as long as everyday we are getting more and more in our county down with it, I will not be going out among the multitudes.
    136 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    No one really knows what is best. I Think many people are worried about their jobs, losing their homes, and what will happen to prices when factories have been shut down. We won't be able to hide forever . I only know and believe God is in control and trusting that whatever happens will be what He allows!
    136 days ago
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