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Posted By Macks Mission

On December 28, 2004, I hugged my daughters goodbye as a boarded a plan to leave the country for  four months.  It was the to see a part the world that I otherwise would not ever be able to experience, and I was doing on the government's dime.

I had no idea that hug would be the last one I was to ever receive from my youngest child.  last hug

  Ten years ago today, January 27, 2005, at 4 years-11 weeks- 5 days old, my daughter suffered a non-fatal drowning at the hands of the inept YMCA childcare and lifeguard staff.  Non-fatal you ask?  Yes, she survived - she is alive.  However, her brain suffered a traumatic injury from being without oxygen for more than 4 minutes.  She will never be the same.


If I had known I would lose her 31 days later, would I still have gone?  Was it worth it?  Hell, no.  If I had known, I would have spent every moment of every day of that last month with her, loving her, hugging her, and enjoying her company and her amazing personality. 

She loved her big sister, she loved music and dancing, she loved the swing set and jumping on the trampoline, she was exceptional good at XBOX games and really enjoyed her jeep, or at least having her sister drive her around in it.


She learned to ride a bike at age 3 and was fortunate to have seen Disneyworld twice.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas and had already traveled much of this country, and some of Canada and some of Mexico, before she turned 4.  There is so much I would love to share about her, but there isn't the time or the space in this article.

She smiled almost all the time and rarely fought with us or her sister.  She didn't throw many tantrums.  She was happy and everyone loved her.

The one big fight we always had with her was at bedtime.  She always wanted her mom or dad to sleep with her, but we always had other things to do before bed.  Oh, how I wish I could go back and do it all again.  I would never be too busy to lay down with her.




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