Oh my God. Not OMG. This story is way too serious for abbreviations. So yesterday after school and baseball, Holden came home smelling all stinky, so after dinner I told him to go upstairs and get ready for a bath.
HOLDEN: I’m tired.
ME: We’ll do it quickly. I’ll help you.
There was no way I was gonna let him get into bed smelling like THAT. So he undressed and I ran the bath and he climbed in. Basically what we do every night. And while the bath was filling up, I went to my bathroom to quickly pee. I mean he’s seven, not a toddler. I would never have left him back then. Not even for a second.
And while I was in my bathroom, I got distracted or something, so by the time I got back to him, the tub was way above its usual level and he was lying in it looking so peaceful. I picked up my phone and snapped this picture.
Awwww, so sweet.
But it wasn’t sweet. And here’s why.
ME: Holden, let’s do your hair.
ME: Holden, get up so we can do your hair.
So I touched him this time.
And I put my hand behind his back and lifted him. He sat up and opened his eyes, the way a groggy kid does when he’s been sleeping.
ME: Were you sleeping, buddy?
HOLDEN: So tired.
Like I said, oh my God. I mean I assume he would have woken up if his head had gone under, but I wouldn’t want to take that chance.
ME: Holden, if you ever feel tired like that in the bath, I want you to do something.
ME: Get out. Don’t wash yourself. Just get out.
ME: Being safe is way more important than being clean, okay?
Don’t get me wrong. He just turned seven. He’s old enough to take a bath on his own. At least I think he is. Is he? I mean yeah I still gotta hound him about washing his tush and his armpits, and he always wants ME to wash his hair because God forbid he has to do something on his own, but I have to remember he’s still young. Not a baby or a toddler, but still a child. And I need to be better about checking on him when he’s in there. Because water is water is water. And whether it’s a pool or a lake or a pond or a river or just an ugly green bathtub, bad things can happen in water if we’re not careful.
And I don’t want to think about that. But last night I got a very fortunate reminder.
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