Inspired by @ListPrompts
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    It was a sunny day.
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    I was just a toddler.
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    We were still living in the country, in the old red house with the pond out on Crottinger Road.
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    My mother was working in the flower beds around the house.
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    I was right beside her the entire morning,
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    Until one moment, when I wasn't.
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    The pond! Was my mom's first thought.
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    The pond! Every parents' worst nightmare.
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    But when she came around the cornerβ€” by now, running,
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    She saw the rain barrel, full of water
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    And my little feet sticking out of the top,
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    Like in a cartoon.
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    Curious, I had climbed up
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    And fallen in, head-first.
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    My mother pulled me out,
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    And I was fine.
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    But she knew
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    (she will tell you),
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    That for the rest of her life,
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    She was going to have to keep one eye on me.
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    And the next year, we moved to town.
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    p.s. look back at the drawing and you will see the rain barrel.