Tragedy in Winter


Outside it was very cold outside.  Seun and I were sleeping on the couch next to my Mom Ally who was reading a book. She was at home for the Winter school holiday, and that was the time we love spending with her. No stress of marking books, preparing for the next day teaching, or all the extra curriculum activities that keep my mom Ally busy till late each day….

But let me not get side tracked from the story I want to tell. As I was saying, Seun and I were sleeping warm and cosy under the blanket with my Mom Ally, when Silky came running in. Her Eyes were as big as saucers, jumping on my mom, telling her that Scampi fell in the swimming pool. Seun and I were of the couch, immediately anxious and alarmed, running for the door leading outside to the swimming pool. Scampi could not swim and what’s more, it was in the middle of Winter, and the water freezing cold. Mom Ally frowned, just looking at us. Again Silky jumped on her, meowing frantically. Then, luckily my mom realized that Scampi was not there. Everybody raced outside, we in front of her, my mom running and tripping over us to get to the pool.

When we came around the corner, we saw Scampi trying frantically to keep her head above the icy water. In our minds we already knew that Scampi was going to drown. But just then, in a split second, my mom Ally yelped, rushing forward. She jumped into the ice cold water, with no regard of her own safety, grabbed a drowning Scampi. And as fast as lightning she ran back to the house with a lifeless Scampi in her arms, soaking wet, crying. As we moved back to the house we talked about the terrible tragedy of Scampi drowning, and how we are going to comfort our moms through this time of sorrow…..