(Time) -- After a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was shot to death on Saturday for dragging a toddler who fell into the enclosure, many are blaming the child’s mother. Such criticism is misguided. We should be applauding her as a hero.
The story reminds me of a hot August day nearly four years ago. I was standing on the deck of our community pool where we were having a pool party for my 4-year-old daughters’ birthday. My child made no noise as she slipped into the water, following an errant party hat that had succumbed to the breeze. My hands were full of tape and balloons, and my back was toward the water for a few brief moments as I struggled to rip the sticky strip from its container.
There was a hand on my shoulder.
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“Hey,” my friend said to me quietly, “can your daughters swim?”