I celebrate this anniversary every year, and I assume I always will. Four years ago today, our son was almost killed. The fact that he wasn’t seems like something to keep celebrating.
Four years ago today, while vacationing at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, our then 3 year-old son fell into a hole dug by other children. The hole collapsed on him, burying him. He was completely buried (with his head at least 8 inches under the surface) for 5 minutes or more. Miraculously, he survived. (The full story is here , with follow-up here ).
Afterwards, I learned that sandhole collapses are a more frequent occurrence than I would’ve dreamed, and that the majority of them end in death. There are four easy things you can do to prevent such a tragedy:
1. When you arrive at the beach, always check nearby for any holes left by others, and fill them in.
2. Do not dig holes any deeper than knee-high of the shortest person in your group. Yeah, I know this sounds extreme. If this feels more extreme than your group can accommodate then perhaps you can at least stop at waist-high.
3. If you do dig holes, fill them in before you leave. The hole my son fell in had been left by other children.
4. Make sure any children you go to the beach with know that holes and trenches can be dangerous, and that they should let you know if they see any abandoned holes.
Every year, as part of my celebration of getting our baby back, I post about our experience, in hopes of raising awareness of this entirely preventable sort of accident. Every summer these accidents continue to happen (a teenager in California was nearly killed two weeks ago). My internet friends have been a huge part of helping me get out the word.
Also as part of my celebration, I always do a tiny giveaway. This year, I’m giving away this .
That’s Hello Yarn Rambouillet in “Burrows” (October 2010 Fiber Club).
Here’s the deal, if a spinner wins it, it’s yours to spin! If a non-spinning knitter wins it, I will spin it up for you! (to get to you in September or so). And if a non-spinning non-knitting person wins it, I will spin it up and knit you a fall hat or mittens with it. Pretty good deal, eh?
All you have to do is leave a comment here, or on my blog, or on my Facebook or Google Plus page, and I will enter you into the drawing. And if you let me know that you spread the word (through FB, TW, Google+, or your own blog), I will enter you a second time. I will draw a random winner next Saturday, July 16, after 5:00pm EST.
Thanks for celebrating with me y’all.