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In an Instant

Good morning to all...well here it is March 25th and I have snow on the ground.  I really done with snow...I am now considering a move.  Really Father Frost?  The Easter Bunny needs to come out and play a while now!
Well, today's blog might pose a couple of questions or thoughts as to where I am going to go with this.  I wish I could tell you what possessed me to think about this...but, I sat here and watched a one minute video of the ocean wave that my dear friend Linda posted and the sound of the calming waters rushing onto the shore, took me back in time...not to the ocean, but to the thoughts of water.  Bathtub water in fact.
Sometimes things happen in an instant.  In the blink of an eye.  That is what this story is about.  About 33 years ago, I and my 2 daughters were home, had finished supper and the eldest, who was six years old had some math homework yet to finish.  She sat down at the kitchen table to work on it.  In the meantime, my  younger daughter, who was 5 at the time, was ready to take her bath.  She had a little bit of a head cold and so I thought the bath would perhaps aid in opening up the sinus'.  I prepared the bath for her.  Now I usually sat in the bathroom while the girls were in the tub.  I used to wait until they played a bit, as most children do...then I would proceed to wash their hair and get it all rinsed and help them dry up afterwards.   Pretty much the common thing most moms would do. 
Well, she had played and was finalizing the washing when my other daughter called from the kitchen to ask how to do one of her math problems.  I told the younger one to finish up and I would be right back to do her hair.  I left the bathroom and walked into the kitchen...perhaps 30 steps away.  I looked at the math problem, explained it to my daughter, which took about 2 minutes...walked back to wards the bathroom and as I walked I called out to my younger daughter whether she was ready.  No answer.  I yelled it again as I continued to walk and nothing.  When I stepped into the bathroom, there she was lying under the water.  Her eyes were shut and she wasn't moving.  In that instant....those 2 minutes away...something went wrong.  I reached down into the water and pulled her up...fortunately startling her.  Her eyes opened and she started to cry.  Well, she wasn't the only one.  It seems, to the best of my knowledge, that she had just fallen asleep.  When she was little, she could fall asleep at the drop of a hat.  Never in a million years did I ever imagine that she would fall asleep in a bathtub while playing and washing up...and never in the matter of 2 minutes.  I must have walked in just as she had gone under...thank God.  You never know  what came happen in an instant.  In that instant, I might have lost my daughter, but I cut the instant short.  Who would have ever imagined that you this would be something to worry about with a 5 year old.  We never know what can happen to any of us at any moment.  From that day forward, if I ever left the bathroom for any reason, I continued to talk to my daughters and make them continue to speak back.  I can still close my eyes and see her under that water...looking as peaceful as anyone could be.  I thank God that He was there to watch over her.  There are so many things that can happen to us in an instant that can change our whole lives.  There have been other moments in my life where in an instant...things have happened that you never dreamed could...so my advice for the day is...never think everything is just okay...because in an INSTANT...your whole life can change. 

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