862. Swimming in their new country


Basma and her husband, Tareq, were moving to another country. How wonderful! Praise God!

Basma and her husband, Tareq, were strict followers of their religion. They were open to a little leeway culturally. Their two daughters, Fatima and Yasmin, would go to the secular school in their new country.

And look! They even went to the beach and let their daughters go swimming! It’s what was done in their new country! Not that they wore half-naked swimming garb, of course, like those secular sinful people. Modesty was called for. Their daughters would swim fully clothed.

And they did! The wet clothes were heavy. The daughters drowned in a tidal rip.

29 thoughts on “862. Swimming in their new country

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    You could be swimming naked, but if you don’t know how to deal with a rip tide chances of being carried out to sea and drowning are great. Along with proper swim attire, they needed swimming lessons! …and imagine hanging around on the hot beach sand in that garb! More examples of how religion can fry the brains. But Bruce, at least, has given them the what-for, in his own irrepressible manner.

      1. wolfberryknits

        I always find it funny holidaying in tropical places, us ‘bronzed aussies’ are now the ones under umbrellas covered head to toe in wide brimmed hats, long sleeved rashies and board shorts, and everyone else is in bikinis sun baking! πŸ™‚

    1. Cynthia Jobin

      How sad….in the summers of my college years, I worked as a Lifeguard/swimming instructor. One of the things we had the teenage “junior lifesavers’ do was to jump out of a boat into very deep water, fully clothed, including shoes, then tread water as they disrobed and swam away free from all that weight. Swimming with a rip tide is a whole other thing.

      1. Bruce Goodman Post author

        I swam only the once in the Atlantic – somewhere south of Boston – I can’t remember the name of the beach. You might have been the life guard?! – although I never drowned!

      2. thecontentedcrafter

        Yes, great training! In this country, being little more than an enlarged set of islands and filled with rivers the amount of drownings is still pretty high despite widespread education and fear raising advertisements. Very often the young, having been kept overly ‘safe’ [ie away from experiences] must strut their stuff in ignorance. It too often ends in tragedy.

        1. Cynthia Jobin

          As a teacher you know it’s the same old story…the balance between protecting the young from harm and yet letting them test the world and make mistakes; it’s a most precarious one. I do think there’s a bit more over-protection these days, at least in my country —we call it helicopter parenting—and it doesn’t do any favors to the young.


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