Besides saying 'I love you,' were there things that your family (or other important adults in your life) did to show you that you were loved and appreciated?
Fun question in Ask Me: You spin me right round baby right round like a what? "I need songs with specific lyrics which I can play for my daughter which represent antiquated technology that she has no real understanding of."
The hardest (oddest?) part? You learn that a fairly likely outcome of your attempt to rescue a conscious non-swimmer is that you will be attacked, and so you have to learn underwater combat tactics, so that you won't be drowned the first time you try to carry out a rescue.
infinite intimation and other former lifeguards comment in the Spot the Drowning Child thread, while some survivors remember. Plus, Mefi's worst (imaginary) lifeguard, racial swimming disparity / swimming pool discrimination, dreaming underwater, and PS: Please don't throw babies in pools.
My dad took me into the pit. We wedged our way into his spot - second level up from the bottom, back to the corner. Basically right where Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd stood in the movie. I was, obviously, the only kid in the pit, and all I could see in every direction were people's legs. It was like being in a massive crowd of people, but nobody was moving - everyone standing around, shoulder-to-shoulder, hip-to-hip, waiting ... Then, about 5 seconds before 8:30, the crescendo began.
In a thread about the closing of Chicago and NY futures trading pits, Member Guernsey Halleck recounts accompanying their dad onto the trading floor of 4 World Trade Center and viewing the action close-up as a child.