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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
- TITLE: My Baby's Lifeguard
By SHANEIL HARADA
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She’s so excited about her first swimming lesson. Her smile stretches from ear to ear as she puts on her blue Care Bears swimming suit under her clothes. My sweet little baby is going swimming, and I won’t be there to protect her! The daycare assures me once again, there will be a lifeguard on duty.
After work she is bubbling with excitement. So anxious to tell me all the things she learned. “I jumped off the side mommy! I dunked under the water!” My heart just about stops and I have to remind myself that there was a life guard there at all times. I am faint with relief that she survived her first day.
My mother laughs and tells me, “Just wait until her first day of Kindergarten.” My stomach ties itself in knots at the thought. The thought crosses my mind, but there aren’t even lifeguards in Kindergarten!
Alone in my room, I hit my knees. “God, I can’t always be there to hold her hand. The world is so big, with so many dangers. My baby needs someone to keep her safe. God, please be her lifeguard and guard her life when she needs you. Watch her closely and guide her path, until she’s home safe with you again.”
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