I was so excited to be staying with my older cousin for a few days. She was 15 and I was a mere 11 years old. She was beautiful, confident and popular. I was ..let’s just say homely, awkward, confused and on the verge of getting into very serious trouble with my life.
My cousin had been invited to a pool party and it was agreed she could go, if she took me along. As we tried on our bathing suits I could feel the intimidation..I was obviously not as “mature” as she was. No matter how much I tried to “act” mature, the differences were obvious.
How does an 11 year old girl act at a pool party with a group of 15 year old girls AND boys? Well you pretend to be confident…don’t you?!
There was one little problem…I couldn’t swim. I didn’t even know how to dog paddle, I had never been taught. I knew that I mustn’t venture away from the side of the pool, but oh how I wanted to be cool..no I NEEDED to be cool!
All of the kids had gone inside and there I was still hanging on to the side of the pool for dear life…and then I turned around and there was another girl…she seemed to be hanging on for dear life also! I remember we started goofing around, not a word was uttered about the fact that neither of us could swim…
and then it happened…
Somehow we both let go of the side of the pool and we both went under. All I remember from that point on was trying to get a breath of air. The other girl was trying to do the same….we were in a panic and the more we tried to get up to the surface, it seemed the deeper we went.
She kept pulling me under the water so that she could reach the surface and I’m sure I was doing the same to her…it seemed like we kept at this for a looong time, but I’m sure it was probably minutes..
Until finally, I reached out and there it was…the side of the pool
It had been there all along…
We pulled ourselves out of the water and never said a word to anyone. Nobody ever knew it had ever happened…But I will never forget that suffocating dread that I felt as I reached and gasped for air…
I decided this would be entirely too long for one post..so come back tomorrow for 10 vital steps to keep you from drowning. It won’t be what you think..AND I will have a free downloadable scripture printable that you will be able to personalize!
Blessings and see you tomorrow!