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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sometimes The Hero Isn't Who You Expect


Normally with Rakes and Trot I'm writing about farting or peeing or acts of general mayhem that hopefully don't end with a visit to the hospital. Today? Not so much.

My brother and his family came up for Father's Day last night and spent the night with my folks and today he brought my two nieces over to go swimming for the afternoon.

The kids were swimming while he and I discussed the state of world affairs or some other crap and the next thing I know Matt (my brother) is throwing his glasses on the ground and flying out of his chair and I'm wondering who Trot threw in THIS time and look over and see Rakes, calmly treading water with one arm while he holds my 3 year old niece under her arm with the other hand while desperately trying to keep her head above the water.

She had been sitting by the ladder and he just so happened to be getting ready to climb out of the water when she leaned a bit too far over and tumbled in.

Here's a kid who spends most of his time playing video games and asking me questions like "Is the Ark of the Covenant REALLY made out of gold and why did the German's want it?" and in what is the biggest moment of his life so far he responds like a seasoned pro.

Sometimes?

They surprise you in a really, REALLY good way.

5 comments:

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Wow, Ted. Scary! But so proud of Rakes!

Ted D said...

I didn't have any clue what was happening for a minute. Mattie was calm as usual but I was really proud of Rakes; he was just treading water and stammering like Mel Tellis trying to explain what happened.

Stacy said...

Oh. My. Word.
Rakes is the man. :)

treenewt said...

Rakes was truly a hero yesterday...thank God he was there and knew what to do! I'm proud of him! He was the epitome of grace under pressure!

That's the 2nd time Hannah has done that (last year at Sonya's house). And then she almost choked on a hot dog last night! Maybe I'll hire Rakes to be her bodyguard!

Ted D said...

Mattie, I thought about it last night and it's amazing he stayed as composed as he did. And you can hire him; but he doesn't come cheap.