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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Sunny With a Chance of Pride
By Cheryl Beckwith
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I figured I had this swimming thing licked but I could never tell my parents because they would not have patted me on the back for such an accomplishment but would have probably paddled my butt for sneaking around.
Well here I was off to my swimming debut. I was going to wow them all. I would finally get to impress someone with something. I was anything but an impressive child. My claim to fame was the fact that I read books very well. That was impressive in first and second grade but in the sixth grade it was nothing to brag about.
Once we were at the pool we were told that those who could not swim had to stay in the three feet pool. I chickened out and stayed in the shallow end. I should have followed my instincts that maybe I was not a great swimmer and left it at that but I my foolish pride would soon get the best of me.
So here I stood in the three foot section. Let me paint a water color picture for you all.I was a girl of 11 years old and at least 5 foot 5. I am feeling rather embarrassed because all my friends are in the deep end and I was certain my face was red and that people were laughing at me.
This was humiliating and I was wishing I had not even come to this fiasco. Then one of two things happened that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I noticed a little girl who couldnít have been more than six years old ,walk the full length of the pool straight to the high dive.
I couldnít believe my eyes. She climbed right up the ladder as big as you please and jumped right in the water and swam off. That was the straw that broke the camels back. My half grown brain was putting two and two together. If she could do it then so could I.
I marched right up to the ladder and waited my place in line. Once I got to the top I was having second thoughts but I couldnít go back now. Once again my pride took control of me. In I jumped and up I came gasping for air. I had never been in water this deep before. My feet had always touched the bottom.
It threw me off so much that I just kept sinking like a rock. I think I must have either yelled help or just really looked like I needed it. The next thing I knew a whistle blew and everyone was ordered out of the pool. The lifeguard jumped in and drug my sorry little carcass out of there.
I did succeed in making a name for myself that day. For some reason the leaders from our church decided to stay around and have a little more fun, instead of whisking me home to hide my head in shame. Kids from all around the pool asked me, are you the kid who almost drowned?
To this day I do not go under water and I donít go near diving boards.The moral of this story is never lie to your parents, be absolutely sure you can swim before you dive into the deep end and tell your foolish pride to jump in the lake!
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