>> Tuesday, December 6, 2011
As I walked on the elevated track above the swimming pool, I noticed the scenario unfolding below me. A father was apparently trying to teach his young son – three or four years old – to swim. Christopher was the name he was yelling along with his instructions. Holding the buttocks of his son under his armpit … with the body facing downward … he would scream “breathe” and then plunge Chris’s face under water … and hold it there. The young boy’s arms would flail, but he was no match against his father. When dad decided Chris had been underwater long enough, he would twist his face to the air. Chris was crying and begging his dad to stop.