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Recently, while watching my kids at the neighborhood pool, I noticed a small child at the bottom of the pool. The pool always has two lifeguards on duty but this was a busy Saturday. There were way too many kids for a teenage lifeguard to watch. So even though it had been at least 10 years since my lifeguard certification expired I instinctively jumped into the pool to save this toddler. After I pulled him to the surface the child gave me a big smile. In his hand was a small toy he was retrieving from the bottom of the pool. It was now that I realized this kid didn't need saving at all. As I turned around in the pool to check on my own kids, every eye in the pool was now staring at me. Including my 9 year old daughter who was laughing hysterically at me. She thought it was great that her dad just jumped into the pool to save a little boy that didn't need saving. Whether it was my lifeguard training, my pediatric training, or just being a parent that pulled me into pool that day I don't know. But at least my daughter got a good laugh out of it.

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