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BOTD 8/6/14 "Jackson Jumps" A Jkher and John Boy GOOD BOY Production

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David M. Katz

A Good Boy Scenario
A Jkher and John Boy Production

Jackson idolizes his older brother, who is a lifeguard at the local pool. He can't wait to train as a lifeguard when he gets old enough.

Saturday afternoon, he rides his bike to the local park to meet his friends. It has a manmade lake for swimming and wading, it's a big attraction for the local kids. As he always does, he takes his prize possession - a rescue tube that his brother gave him. It's a water toy until he can get his training, but it's also a symbol of his hopes and his great brother.

He and his friends do as they usually do. Splashing and swimming with the other kids on a hot summer day. Suddenly, there's a commotion at the end of the pier! Without hestiation, Jackson grabs his rescue tube and runs to help.

It turns out that two boys didn't realize just how deep the water is, and the weaker swimmer was in serious trouble after both cannonballed off the dock. He was pulling his friend under.

Jackson jumps in, calms them and gets them both on his tube and back to the dock!

When he's home for supper, he can't stop smiling. You ask him how his day went and the whole story pours out. He shows you a picture of after the rescue - all three boys smiling and safe.

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What do you do?

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David M. Katz

I guess if I gave him a big kiss that it would embarrass him.  Embarassed 

I think I need to help Jackson explore opportunities for junior life guards and/or training, even if it is a first aid class. Surely something exists for him out there?

I do think Jackson needs reward/recognition. It's his call: special day, extra privilege, special desert, some sort of new "toy" or game.

Regardless he's getting a big hug and, yep, that sloppy kiss is coming his way too.  Laughing 

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I give my enthusiastic congratulations and praise him for his quick thinking.


John Boy

I ditto what has been said.


I can hug, praise and congratulate him as much as I can, but I'm afraid a pat on his shoulder with an "good job" by his big brother will outweight it all...


Yup what Padraig said

Hugs kal


I agree with everyone else.


I will congratulate Jackson and express my feeling of pride in him.  That is all that will be needed.

Having been confronted myself I know that the heady mixture of exhilaration and pride that comes from finding oneself in an emergency situation, instinctively measuring up to the challenge and thereby saving life will stay with him for the rest of his life.  

However many lives he saves, whatever risks he takes in a professional capacity in future, nothing will match up to this day.


How many times can I congratulate this kid?

I'll hug absolutely flat and let him know I'm bursting with pride in him. Then I'll reward him in some material way. Gosh, I've raised a couple great boys haven't I?

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