Ten Seconds Until Drowning

Every year, 1.2 million people die from drowning, according to United States Lifesaving Association. Of those 1.2 million, less than one percent happen under a lifeguard’s watch.

With Memorial Day around the corner and pools opening up for the warm weather, drowning is always in the back of my mind.

I’ve worked as a lifeguard for three months at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, N.Y. I wake up in the middle of the night, my heart racing because my nightmare told me someone was drowning in my water. Watching my water is what I do with the hope that I’ll never have to see a body at the bottom.

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Man’s Best Friend?: Walden Humane Society

“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing.  He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits.  Yet he is lord of all the animals.”

~George Orwell, Animal Farm

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