I thought long and hard about blogging about this topic but I decided that enough people read this blog that it might make a difference to a family somewhere.
A few weeks ago, the only child of some people we know strangled on her swing in their backyard and has spent the last few weeks in a coma. This past Friday she died. Understandably, her parents are beside themselves with grief. She was only five years old.
I mention this not to horrify you, but because this is the kind of thing that can truly happen to anyone. This beautiful, vibrant little girl was adored by her parents. She wasn't neglected - her mom was even outside at the time of the accident.
Like I mentioned earlier, I'd considered not blogging about this, but since she died, I've been having recurring nightmares were every child I know strangles to death on a swing. Every night, all night long one child after another. In the last few dreams, I saw a VW microbus, so I figured I should go ahead and post this warning.
So if you have kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews, students or neighbor kids please remind them every day - every five minutes if you have to - not to twist on their swings. Yes, it's fun. I remember doing it is a kid, but it's not safe. Please warn the children in your life, protect them, help prevent another family from suffering this kind of pain and desolation.