fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Monday, September 14, 2009





"Dear Lifeguard Betsy,

I wasn't trying to go out that far. I was at the beach, because I got a new surfboard and wanted to try it out. I usually surf in El Porto, but I heard the break in Redondo was very good, so I went there. But the waves were unsurfable, so I played in the water with my friend Ryan. After about fifteen minutes, a huge rip opened up and I was quickly sucked out to sea. I tried to swim parallel to shore, but I kept getting sucked out. I heard a loud EEEE EEE WWW WWW EEE EEE WWW WWW, then I looked to shore and realized how far out I was. I then saw you running out into the water. When you finally got to me you asked me to grab your (rescue) can, so I remembered what they said at JG's (Junior Guards), "If you are a victim, kick if you can," so I did. Then another lifeguard came out and helped pull me in. When we got to shore, my mom hugged me and some dude asked my name and I said, "Jack."

Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much for saving my life.

Sincerely, Jack"

Yes, thank you, Lifeguard Betsy, that Jack didn't end up so much like the cell phone he left in his shorts' pocket and put in the washing machine the very next day. You would not believe how happy I was to see his cell phone in the washing machine that next day: A real blessing. My forgetful, scatterbrained, darling boy is here with us to put his cell phone through the washing machine.

P.S. Always swim near a lifeguard. A rip current can open up any time where sand bars form. The rip that carried Jack some 150 meters from shore in just a matter of seconds formed right in the middle of the "safe swim zone" flags the lifeguards set up. In addition to Jack, four other guys-- young guys in their twenties and in excellent shape--were swept out as well and needed to be pulled back to shore.


Doekedoeke said...

OMG... what a story!
Thanks to lifeguard Betsy he is safe!!
With lots of love from Holland, Chantal

Sabine said...

Kein Geld, kein Ruhm dieser Welt kann ein Kind ersetzen....
Liebe Grüße

surpresa said...

omg schrecklich alleine die Vorstellung !!!

LG Dane

Corie said...

Whew, I'm so happy to hear he's all right! and Mom? Have you recovered?

nik und lou said...

Oh nein, wie furchtbar !
Ich hoffe, Ihr habt Euch von dem Schrecken erholt ?!?

LG Inga

*Sweet*Caroline* said...

OMG - what an awful situation for a mother to watch!!!
I'm so glad you are all well!

xo, sabine

Missy said...

Giving thanks that Jack is safe! Your stomach must still be queasy. Thank goodness he kept his head and remembered the rules to riptides.

Lola Nova said...

Oh heavens, I too am so glad to hear that Jack is alright. I can't imagine what you must have felt, are still feeling. Thank you lifeguards.

lissilulu said...

so glad he is okay!!!!!

Nic said...

OMG... this big lump in my throat... here it comes again...

boy! what a glückspilz you are thanks to brave lifeguard betsy!!!

i am so glad you're well!

you glückpilz!

some very big hugs for you and you mom. take care...


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