Don’t Forget to Swim
“Don’t Forget to Swim” was published in The Satirist on August 18th, 2014. Below is an excerpt but you can read it from start to finish here.
The first time I lost a kid, I felt real bad about it.
I’d seen him treading water, of course, but there were others in worse shape. I saw him go under but by the time I got there, he was gone. He’d settled slowly to the bottom and there was no bringing him back.
A darn shame is what it was, but what can you do? At the end of the day, we moved on, but I still remember that kid. His name was David.
Those were the days, though I didn’t know it at the time. Back then, the kids came to me with better skills; they knew what water was, at least. Parents cared back in those days; now, they act like all they got to do is drop them off. And the numbers now? They’re getting unreasonable.