Last summer, my youngest daughter almost drowned. I felt guilty because I was at work instead of swimming with the family. My oldest daughter saved her, which I am always going to be grateful for. It would have been a tragedy for my whole family. I’m sure that we would have experienced grief and guilt on a scale that we can not imagine.
It was not my normal day to work but I agreed to cover the shift. No one can say that it would have been different if I had gone swimming. She must have a guardian angel or two plus the best big sisters in the world.
We made her wear a life jacket for the rest of the summer. I don’t feel too guilty about that.