It has been unseasonably warm in New England, this spring, and although it is not officially summer, my 14 yr. old granddaughter and her boyfriend have decided to go swimming in an undisclosed spot. When she first told me, I gingerly asked her to describe where she and her friend went. “It was a pond…or a lake, by his house,” she said. She also said that her friend warned her not to jump off the high wall but that she could jump off the low wall. Needless to say, I was alarmed. Trying to be non-judgmental, I told her that her place didn’t sound safe. I shared my experience at a reservoir, years ago, and how I swam in a deep pothole with my ex and his friend. We were ok but it wasn’t safe. A day later I did research on nearby swimming areas. There were none in the area she described. So, I did the unthinkable. I texted her mom, my daughter about it. I emphasized how I didn’t want my granddaughter to be punished, but I wanted her to be safe. My daughter took it for granted that the kids were in a safe spot, since her boyfriend’s mom asked permission for the kids to spend time together, after school. When I told her about the wall, she began to be concerned. I have been praying about this for three days and hope my daughter takes a ride to the swimming spot to see, for herself, if this area is appropriate for swimming. I love my daughter and don’t want a tragedy, this summer.

Published by Sheila Scherlin

I am a retired special needs teacher originally from Massachusetts, now residing in Arizona. My husband and I each have three adult children and many grandchildren and some great grandchildren. My passions are singing, single action cowboy shooting, writing and my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I have danced and acted, on stage and in competitions, but swim aerobics is the closest I come to dance, at this stage. My husband and I travel back east, every summer, to be with our families. I adore our grandchildren and wish we lived closer to them, year round.

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