Yesterday a little boy died. He wasn’t even three years old, and apparently he died by drowning in the family’s pool, right in front of his mother’s eyes.
I am sick to my stomach about this. I don’t know this family, I don’t know the whole story, but as a mother I can’t even fathom what his mother must be going through right now. Her life will never be the same. Instead of judging her or this tragedy in any way, I am sending only compassionate thoughts her way.
I learned about this death from a tweet I read. After tracking down more info, I landed on the mother’s Twitter account, where she had posted three pictures of her beautiful boy. He looks so much like Landon, which makes this incident hit even closer to home. Should she have tweeted about the death of her son? That is exclusively her business how she deals with her grief.
This mother lost her son yesterday – one moment he was with her, then he was gone. What did I do yesterday? I was complaining about the $500 bill I have to pay to fix my car. Hearing stories like this puts things into perspective really fast. You bet ya’ I watched Landon like a hawk last night during his bath time.
I have written about child safety and childproofing tips on this blog before because I want to remind parents that these accident DO happen — and they happen way too fast. My nephew fell into a pool and almost drowned when he was little – fortunately, he had an angel with him and is now a strapping football player in college. Not too long ago the little grandson of a friend of my sister-in-law drowned in some water on her property.
Our children are such a blessing; do what you can to keep them safe. Please be careful and watch your children closely, especially when they are around water! Don’t text or talk on the phone in the car – that conversation can wait. If it can’t wait, pull over – take the extra five minutes.
I just recently heard about a local mom whose little son was killed instantly while in the car with her. She hit a wall after she took her eyes off the road to check on her son behind her. She did what we all have done many times, she didn’t really do anything reckless, and still a terrible accident happened that will haunt her for the rest of her life.
Like any mother, I have been accused of being a little over-protective in certain situations, I have heard the “leave him be, he is a boy,” but I’d rather be called over-protective than have something happen to the little light of my life. While another mom was beside herself with grief last night, I was beyond grateful to be able to get under the covers next to my sleeping boy and feel his warm little toes on my legs.
(picture by Ana Graza)