From Fun To Fear
Soaking in the sun while digging my toes deeper into the sand, I couldn't have imagined a more peaceful day. I took a bite out of my sandwich in between the conversation breaks with my friend Sue, who was filling me in on the details of her new job. My eyes were glued to the sparkling water as my ears absorbed her exciting news. I watched our kids heads bob up and down in the distance as if they were buoys, and suddenly I started to grow tense as I realized that the number of heads had suddenly decreased by one. I abruptly interrupted my friend and gestured her to follow me as I ran down the beach with my heart quickly traveling up through my throat. What had appeared like a short distance from our blankets now seemed like an eternity. Sue and I stumbled through the sand dunes at lightening speed trying to catch a glimpse as which one of us was about face the possiblity of loosing their child to the underwater current. Halfway there, the sight of a blonde haired stranger emerged, heading for the shoreline. Her arms were wrapped around a little girl who appeared a bit shaken. Gasping for breath my strides were frozen at the sight of the two figures walking towards us. My daughter had tears in her eyes as this unsung hero had appeared out of nowhere to save her. Sue's two girls followed behind, shaken and crying knowing that they were in the water with their friend, but the force of the pull made it impossible for them to get to her. Adreliene kicked into my body and I raced across the hot sand to embrace my child that I had almost lost that day. As this kind stranger started to walk away, I ran to her and thanked her for saving my daughter's life. It was at that moment that I knew she had a guardian angel watching over her.