Fellow Trenchers~Have a safe Independence Day.
Ours marks 15 years since our 34 year old son drowned in the Big Piney River here in Missouri on the 4th, 2002, after a family canoe float trip, just off the shore from where I’m standing.
His 2 sons, 6 and 4 at the time, were floating on their backs, with life jackets on, and got a little further out in the current, and couldn’t touch bottom when they stood up. They called for our son to come and get them, and as he ran along the shore, someone at the resort offered him a life jacket, which he refused saying he was a good swimmer. Had he taken that life jacket, we would not have gone through the past 15 years of grief, and his sons would have had their Dad to watch them grow up.
He reached our grandsons, pushed them towards someone on shore, then went down and never surfaced again. So our holiday to celebrate the 4th is not a happy one after that. So have fun, but be safe.