Lake Ontario, ON - Dure-ajam Bajwah

My Watermark is Lake Ontario.

I am the oldest child in my family. I live in Vaughan, specifically in Maple township, which is in Ontario.

The most memorable water story I have is when I went to Woodbine beach, which is located in Toronto, with my family. It was just my mom, dad, brother, sister and me. We decided to spontaneously visit the beach because we were near the Lakeshore area. I did not feel well that day because I was on my period. I really did not want to get wet in the water, but I had heard that if you go in the water during your periods it really helps calm your cramps. So I just soaked my feet in the water and only went into ankle level water. I was just sitting and relaxing in the nice water, which was surprisingly helping my cramps, and all of a sudden I see my little brother going too deep into the water.

He was only 8 years old at the time, and he is developmentally delayed and he cannot swim either. So I started yelling at him to not go so deep. I was yelling at the top of my lungs for him to come back to shore, but he wouldn’t listen. Then he finally got to the part where there was a deep plunge in the water and a huge wave rolled him farther down and he started to drown. I could not think of anything at that moment and I ran after him in the water, fully clothed! I grabbed him and dragged him to shore and I made him cough because he had gotten a lot of water up his nose and in his throat. That was the most terrifying moment for me, because I honestly thought he was going to drown. I had already lost a brother when I was younger and I couldn’t bear to lose another one, so I completely forgot about my periods and being fully clothed and ran after him.

After that incident I’m always careful when taking little kids in the water, because a split second can be life changing. The water can be unpredictable and you always have to be cautious when submerged in it.

Lake Ontario, ON
Shamaila Bajwah
Dure-ajam Bajwah

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