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A Lifesaving Whisper
6/2/2011 7:57:25 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

You can hear them, if you listen with your heart ...

I have another whisper of my own to share. It's one I briefly alluded to in another blog and it involved my youngest daughter, Heather, who was five when it happened.

It was during summer vacation and my three girls and I left New Hampshire to visit family in Ohio for a week. My brother, Tim, invited us to go out on a boat with him, his wife and their four children for a day to water ski and take the kids tubing on the Scioto River in Columbus. My two older daughters were seven and nine years old at the time.

One after another, the children took their turns, first donning a bright orange life jacket, and then being lowered onto the huge inner tube for their ride behind the boat. They were taught how to grip the handles tightly and how to signal us in the boat if there was a problem. It was fun watching each of them as they took their turn behind the speeding power boat. With each turn of the boat, the child was catapulted across the waves in the wake to bounce and laugh with excitement. Tim was an excellent and cautious driver, but his wife, MaryAnn, and I were like two mother hawks watching over our fledglings out on the river.

When it was Heather's turn again, I buckled and zipped her securely once more into the bright orange life jacket. I had just lowered her over the side of the boat and onto the tube when I got one of those "whispers". This one was loud and very insistent. There was no denying it. The whisper was telling me something was wrong with the life jacket. I immediately reached over the side and pulled Heather back into the boat and wondered what to do with the information I had received. After thinking about it for a few minutes, (much to the consternation of all aboard), I told Tim I needed something strong to tie with. He looked around the boat, but found nothing. Then I noticed that MaryAnn was wearing sneakers, unlike the rest of us who were either barefoot or wearing sandals. I asked MaryAnn to give me the laces from her sneakers. She balked at first, and so did Tim, but after hearing my argument for wanting to secure the life jacket, she reluctantly gave in and turned over her shoelaces.

I zipped the zipper and buckled the life jacket back onto Heather securely. Then I took the shoelaces and doubled them. I tied one through the circular metal rings at the top of the jacket's front and the other one through the metal rings at the bottom. By now, I was taking a lot of flack from everyone, adults and children alike, for my "over-protectiveness" but I ignored them, feeling reassured. The whisper that had been so insistent a few minutes before was now gone. Again I lowered Heather over the side of the boat and onto the huge inner tube, giving her the same motherly caution I gave all of the others: "Hold the handles tight with both hands, signal if you have a problem, and have fun."

Her ride on the tube, as usual, lasted about ten minutes. Back and forth across the wake, I watched as she bounced and giggled. One more time we slowed the boat and circled around to pick up another young and weary passenger. I think I was the only one aboard who wasn't surprised when Tim pulled her up and into the boat. The life jacket zipper was completely blown apart. The only thing holding the bright orange life-saving jacket onto Heather was the shoelace tied through the rings at the top and the one tied through the rings at the very bottom ...


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More Blogs by CJ Heck
• Anatomy of a Poet -- Book Giveaway - Monday, June 03, 2013
• Partnership with the Universe -- a Synchronistic Event - Thursday, May 03, 2012
• Is it Synchronicity, Coincidence, or Intuition? - Friday, March 09, 2012
• Spider's Thread: Trust - Saturday, February 11, 2012
• Feeling the Connection - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
• Making a Better Life - Monday, January 23, 2012
• A Beautiful Soul - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• A Lesson in the Silence - Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Epiphany in the Silence - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• Meaning - Saturday, October 15, 2011
• Visit from Dinahh - Sunday, September 25, 2011
• A Vision of Souls - Saturday, July 09, 2011
• A Friend's Whispers - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
• Dream or a Vision? - Tuesday, July 05, 2011
• Thoughts on Love - Monday, July 04, 2011
• Inspiration for Writing - Sunday, July 03, 2011
• Something's Coming - Friday, July 01, 2011
• Our Spiritual Path - Thursday, June 30, 2011
• Children and Awareness - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
• Enlightenment - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Spirit Guides - And Children - Thursday, June 16, 2011
• Spirit Guides and Whispers - Part 2 - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
• Spirit Guides and Whispers - Part 1 - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
• Time - Monday, June 13, 2011
• Avatar - Friday, June 10, 2011
• Feeling Invisible - Thursday, June 09, 2011
• More About Whispers - Wednesday, June 08, 2011
• Soulmates: Soul Mates - Tuesday, June 07, 2011
• Synergy of Love - Monday, June 06, 2011
• What is Awareness? - Sunday, June 05, 2011
• Journey to Discovery - Saturday, June 04, 2011
•  A Lifesaving Whisper - Thursday, June 02, 2011  
• A Daughter's Whisper - Thursday, June 02, 2011
• Wishing our Lives Away - Wednesday, June 01, 2011
• You Can Feel the Magic - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
• Channeling - Monday, May 30, 2011
• Whispers from the Universe - Sunday, May 29, 2011
• Spiritual Healing - Saturday, May 28, 2011
• Karmic Badges - Friday, May 27, 2011
• Strange Dream/Vision - Thursday, May 26, 2011
• Turning Thoughts Into Things - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
• The Silence - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
• Dinahh, Part II - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
• From the Heart - Sunday, May 22, 2011
• Healing - Friday, May 20, 2011
• Dinahh - Thursday, May 19, 2011
• One about Love - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
• Zora - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
• Angels - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
• On Love and Intimacy - Monday, May 16, 2011
• Awe and Wonder: Life - Saturday, May 14, 2011
• Micah: The Dream-Vision - Friday, May 13, 2011
• New Website - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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