Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hug Ur Babies

That was our neighbor's post on Facebook this morning, a reminder that life is short.  Last evening just after 6 PM Grant noticed there were some police officers walking up the street, not a common occurrence on our cul de sac.  They went up to several doors and then up to the end of the cul de sac.  After about 20 minutes, I saw that three of the neighbor ladies that I play Bunco with were standing across the street talking so I went out to find out what was going on.  They told me that someone, still unindentified, called 911 when they heard a woman hysterically screaming for help outside on the lawn of a house at the end of our cul de sac.  Another neighbor, a police detective, immediately ran to her aid.  She had just gotten a phone call with the horrific news that her 4 year old grandson had drowned in a swimming pool at a BBQ party.  Shivers ran all over me at this awful news.  This darling little blonde boy spent much of his time at his grandparent's house while his parents worked, and he played with all the kids on our street all the time, most of whom are under 10 years old. 

We haven't learned all the details of what happened, but apparently this occurred at a private home during a late afternoon BBQ attended by lots of people.  The little boy climbed out of the big pool and went to climb into the little pool, possibly a jacuzzi.  He was found a very short time later unresponsive in the little pool.  Paramedics were called and performed resuscitative efforts but it was too late.  This was a terrible reminder that no child is safe around a pool unless someone specific is watching them at all times.

This morning, mothers on our block had to let their children know that they lost a friend to a tragic accident.  The grandparents are beside themselves.  Neighbors are bringing food and offering what help and comfort they can.    There are no words to express how heartbroken we are for the family. 

12 comments:

loulee said...

RIP Little one.

Marg said...

What a terrible tragedy, my heart goes out to the family.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

This is such sad news. My thoughts are with that poor family too. Such a preventable tragedy.

Barb said...

This just is horrible...I am so sorry, it not only affect them but your whole neighborhood, sounds like you all are a wonderful support system for them, they are lucky to have all of you....

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This breaks my heart into many pieces. I am so sorry to read this, life is precious and entirely too short sometimes; particularly when the tragedy seems to have been preventable. I pray that the family will find some peace and comfort... in time.

Lorraine said...

Too sad.......words can't convey how sad I feel for this family and everyone who will be touched by this tragedy.

libbyquilter said...

such sad news. so many broken hearts and we all do need to remember that life is precious and sometimes slips away from us unexpectedly.

libbyQ

Cynthia L. said...

I got goosebumps when I read this post. My heart breaks for the family and all of those who knew the little boy. Life is so short - we must all remember to Hug our Babies and all we love. I am sending you a big hug!

quiltingnana said...

so sad...I can't imagine getting such a call

Julie in the Barn said...

Oh, how tragic. I'm teary even though I don't know the family. My heart goes out to them.

Stephanie D. said...

How awful. I cannot imagine what this family must be going through. Thanks for the reminder that we should seize every opportunity to tell someone we love them.

Tanya said...

So sorry to hear about your neighbor's grandson... It is so easy to lose sight of a little one by the pool when there are a lot of people around... Surely someone else is watching... and then tragedy.