Mom2Mom, June '13
This is the time of year that takes me to the mall… a place that causes me much stress. Malls mean crowds and crowds try my patience. Malls also mean escalators, and one in particular at Augusta Mall brings back memories of a disastrous day with three little ones.
It was Easter time about 15 years ago. My kids and I were outside Sears on the lower level, where at the time there was a big fountain. We'd always throw pennies into it. I think there may have been a Kirkland's across the way, and there was definitely a chain beauty salon behind us… as we tossed those pennies into the water.
Sky was two and she was out of pennies. As I dug around the bottom of my purse feeling for loose coins, I let go of her little hand for just an instant, and that child went right to the edge of the fountain and FELL FACE-FIRST into the water. It was too deep for her to stand up, so two seconds later I was out of my shoes and knee-deep in the water, fishing out my baby.
I don't even need to tell you how quickly the crowds gathered! I was holding her (she was screaming her head off by this point), awkwardly climbing back out of the fountain, trying to act as if this was no big deal. But of course it WAS a big deal!
I saw a row of hairstylists and customers staring at us from inside the glass walls of the salon.
“Towels, please!” I hollered (clearly “hollered” here, not “called out” or “yelled” or “asked for”– this was a mom in panic mode HOLLERING!) as they all stood there holding blow dryers and scissors. A few girls ran out with towels and I dried Sky off enough to march her into Sears, where I plopped her into a dressing room while I grabbed a new dry outfit for her.
And it's this image of a wet, shivering baby girl that pops in my mind on this day, as I am watching her try on dress after dress, picking out the perfect one for Prom. Has it really been 15 years since her impromptu swim in the fountain?
I still can't bring myself to walk by that hair salon!
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