Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hot and too close to home

I love the heat and humidity, but today was
too hot for me!
It's 91* here and if you add in the heat index it feels like 105*!
Strong storm forecast for tonight.
We are already in a tornado watch.

Jennifer showing her spunk.

Within the last 10 days four teen boys have drown.

Three in nearby rivers and one of Colton's classmates drown
in MO, where he was working just yesterday.

And a 34 year old woman and her 9 year old son almost drown in our local river that runs right through town last Thursday too. She and the boy were rescued by two folks that were alerted to the trouble by a young girl who ran into the express mart.

The Mother was quoted as saying "I was sure we both were going to die."

Our rivers are swollen with all the recent rains and currents are strong. Add in hidden debris and it is a recipe for trouble.

Colton and his friends swim frequently in these same rivers.

We have repeatedly warned him of the dangers of river swimming, but apparently it's the popular way to cool off and free too.

I hope all our talks and his classmate's fate will have an impact on where and how he and his buddies swim.

Personally I'd rather them all come to our house to swim and clean out my cupboards than risk him in any river again. Yes I realize accidents can happen anywhere any time, but what can I say ~~ I worry.

I'd like to see him crashed out on the couch for many years to come.


crochet lady said...

I had not heard about those deaths, that is so sad.

That would worry me too. I am kind of glad my boys don't care to be in the water except in a boat, but that comes with it's own set of worries.

tainterturtles said...

Every time I go home from work and drive by the Red Cedar River, I see those teenagers swimming in the swollen river....it really worries me.

The Chief just told me today about the boy that died down south, but he didn't tell me it was one of Colton's classmates...how sad.

PAK ART said...

I know that worry. I used to worry when my kids were out in the car - I'd stay up till they got home. Now I don't worry so much. I guess I finally got confident in their abilities or I just got tired of worrying all the time! I think you always worry about your kids.

Aunt Krissy said...

I had not heard about the kids. I also see the river is really high and muddy and trees spinning in the river. Better beat Colton about the head about not going into the river!

Dar said...

I understand your worry Kellie. Life is too short as it is, to loose it being in fast waters. Please tell Colton we are sorry to hear about his friend. What a tragic loss.

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