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Amy Cho
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Like most kids, I "swim" with floating rings. My sisters and I are both holding on to the floating ring. My sister swims away with it, leaving me behind. I'm not tall enough, so I use all my energy trying to flap my hands, keeping my head up to breathe.

 

My Drowning Experience

Amy Cho

Have you ever nearly drowned before? I have. Before the age of six, I did not know how to swim. There was a time when our whole family went to the beach with my uncle and aunts' families.

Like most kids, I "swim" with floating rings. My sisters and I are both holding on to the floating ring. My sister swims away with it, leaving me behind. I'm not tall enough, so I use all my energy trying to flap my hands, keeping my head up to breathe. I drink mouthfuls of ocean water as I start to lose energy and consciousness.

Finally, one of my uncles notices me and saves me just in time. It is a hard time for a four-year old girl. I am all pale and shaking, even I get the water out of my mouth. Ever since then, I never go to beaches anymore. It was a nightmare for me.

Once, our family goes to a movie for the first time after immigrating to Canada. It is the famous movie by Leonardo De Caprio - Titanic. It is a great movie. However, at the same time, it reminds me of my drowning experience. I feel very uncomfortable watching the water leaking into the ship and people being washed away to the sea.

The feeling of not being able to breathe comes back to me and I feel very tired. I go to the restroom to calm myself down, but I walk wobbly, as if I am one of the passengers on board, frightened by the incident and wanting to escape from the ship that is sinking into the deep, blue ocean. The feeling does not stop until we get in the car and started heading home. Fortunately, this nightmare no longer haunts me as I learned how to swim.


More Childhood Memories:
Big Kids | Toboggan Rush | My Spot | The Good Ol' Days
Racing the Cars | The Dog I Teased | The Last Days for My Grandpa
First Time Being a Big Sister | Bike Riding | Snow Trek | Stitches on My Eyelid

Thoughts about Music: Music

Uncomfortable Moments:
Santa, Where's My Mommy | Little Green Alien? | My First Kiss | First Kiss

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