Sebastian Saves the Day (or Something Like That)
By Renee Bodkin
Memorial Day weekend.
We were camping at Lazy Lakes. We had visitors – Anna and the girls and Dad. The kids swam. The kids kayaked. They fished and played. It was a nice day. I was cooking dinner (on our neighbor’s fire because that’s how we roll at Lazy Lakes – our grill wasn’t working so he offered his fire) when I heard the screaming and crying of a child. I hustled towards the crying when I saw Sebastian entering the water at the lake’s edge and a tipped kayak with a little girl wearing a life jacket nearby crying. Sebastian grabbed a kayak and was on his way to her aid. He didn’t hesitate. He paddled out to her quickly (as did other boaters) and a “rescue” ensued in the water. They worked together to try to get the little girl into a canoe – Seb even got out of his kayak to try to boost her into the canoe – then the canoe tipped too. The teenagers from the canoe and Seb (as well as two other guys in a rowboat) proceeded to get the panicking little girl into the rowboat and things settled down when the little girl made it to shore – shaken up but okay.
So many emotions during this timeframe but mostly – gratitude that so many people are willing to help and pride that Sebastian didn’t hesitate to put his skills into action.
I posted the one and only photo I got of the event on Facebook because well… that’s what I do. Share with family and friends. Sebastian is in the green shirt.
Then — Jeff Preval from Channel 2 news messaged me on Facebook. Philip is “friends” with him on The FB and he saw my post and was interested in the “story”. I explained that although I’m sure it was scary for the little girl – she was safe and it wasn’t serious. Any “story” was just about how prepared my 14 year old was to help. How he didn’t hesitate. And here is the story — it was pretty neat. Exciting. He handled it well. He was humble and gracious of the attention. I hope it’s a feeling he never forgets – that of helping others and working as a team to make a difference. I am so proud of Sebastian.