By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Walking in the beautiful water ... the waves washing over my feet ... I was in a wonderful place in my mind. I was at Miami Beach, Florida.
The warmth of the water felt relaxing ... the sun kissed my blonde curls ... I listened to the music of the sea gulls as they flew overhead. Oh my ... I smiled a smile meant for only myself ... I didn't think of anyone else.
I closed my eyes, felt the ocean breeze caress my skin in the softest way. No better feeling in the world. I was glad I came to the beach.
I came alone ... I didn't have to have anyone come with me anywhere ... I was an independent, young and I might add ... attractive woman! :)
I opened my eyes to take in the beauty around me. People in colorful swim suits ... without thinking ... I just waded in little by little ... with my long, flowing skirt. The material was the thinnest of thin ... delicate, a soft, blue hue. I held my sandals above water in my hand.
I was in the water up to mid-thigh. I didn't realize I had gone out that far. I only meant to get my feet wet by dancing along in the waves. So much for thinking.
The sun played a trick on my eyes ... a cloud passed over it for a brief moment. I saw nothing when I looked again at the water. I just knew it couldn't be a shark ... one 'had to be out in the ocean' to see sharks.
I cried out as I felt pain in my right thigh! It hurt really bad. The thought 'shark!' came back to my mind ... after that I wasn't conscious of what I was thinking.
I could have jumped straight out of the water for all I know ... because in the midst of water splashing, and the sensation of flying ... I found myself safely on the sand ... but, not before seeing the shadow again! The sun wasn't playing tricks on me ... it was a shark I saw! He bumped my leg mid-thigh very hard. I didn't know until I was out of the water on the sand that I was okay. It really hurt!
The shark was probably about 6 ft. long. Even now, I feel cold chills on my body thinking about it. I was fortunate. I've learned since from flying above the ocean in a helicopter ... oh yes! Sharks do come in close to swimmers in the water ... oh my!
There can be a lot of them close to you ... you never know it! I can't take it! In North Carolina where I live ... already there were 2 shark bites 90 minutes apart! This happened yesterday at Oak Island, NC!
Both young people lost an arm each! The attacks weren't far from each other ... 2 miles apart. The 13 year old girl may lose a leg, also. The other victim was a 16 year old boy.
My Heart goes out to both young people who weren't so fortunate ... they will have to begin walking a new journey in life without one of their arms ... possibly a leg, also.
I am so sorry. My words can't express how much I care.
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