After Beau was changed into dry clothes and all snuggled up, he looked at me and said, “I floated”, just as proud as could be!
Early this spring, on one of our normal chilly days, Beau and I (grandma) were out in the yard pulling weeds. We had gotten near the pond that we have and he started playing with a net, trying to catch a fish. Meanwhile, as I continued to pull weeds, I heard a KERPLUNK…SPLASH…and knew immediately what it was. Beau had fallen into the pond! I swiftly got up, stepped into the pond and picked him up. He had already turned over on his back and was floating with eyes as big a saucers looking at Grandma for help. He was not panicky, but surely surprised. He was most upset that his fishing net was out in the middle of the pond and couldn’t be reached! I set him on the ground, took off his coat and put mine on him and then took off his boots and poured the water out. As I poured water out of his boots and tried warming him in my jacket, I repeated several times about how good he did turning over just as he had been taught. While I carried him to the house, I continued telling him how good he did, and how proud I was. After Beau was changed into dry clothes and all snuggled up, he looked at me and said, “I floated”, just as proud as could be! I was surprised at the comment because I hadn’t mentioned anything about floating. I told him that he certainly did and how proud of him I was and how proud his Mama and Daddy were going to be too!
***Thank you for sharing this with us to Kristin (beau’s mom), Beau’s grandma and family. This is a wonderful example of how quickly things happen but how instantly a well trained toddler can respond, even in a cold water situation with rubber boots on!
Congratulations, little Beau. Well done!