Story By: Laleh Chini
During our summer days, my family and I used to go to my grandma’s villa. Her villa was a big mansion in a very large garden that was a little far from the city of Shiraz.
When my mom’s sisters and brothers gathered, there were more than forty people with kids. Grown-ups used to sit together while the kids played without supervision.
Usually, after lunches, everyone used to take a nap along with their kids. I was only 4 years old, I never liked to take a nap and always pretended to fall asleep beside my mother. On one particular day, everyone was asleep and the big living room was very quiet.
I got bored and sneaked out to the garden area.
There was a special deep pool for watering the garden, not swimming. It was always swampy with many frogs.
I went directly towards the pool and sat by the edge to be able to watch the frogs. As I bent forward to get a good look, my feet slipped and I fell into the pool in a blink of an eye.
Of course, I didn’t know how to swim. I panicked and struggled for a little while but my little hands got tired and I gave up hope as I sank to the bottom of the pool. I sat in the water terrified, waiting to die. I opened my eyes and looked all around me. I was surrounded by green water and ooze and many frogs.
One frog drew my attention as it was bigger than the others. I stared at it like it was telling me to look at it and pay attention. The frog then slowly swam towards the top of the water.
I looked carefully and did everything the frog did, I waved my arms above my head and pushed my legs, just like the frog. Next thing I knew, I had swum to the top of the pool. Just then my uncle screamed: “She’s here….she’s here!” And pulled me out of the water.
That was an angel in the form of a frog, sent by God to save me. I could never forget that moment. Since then I learned how to swim like a frog and that’s the only way I can swim to this day.
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