Jan 192021

The Best Life Stories: 150 Real-life Tales of Resilience, Joy, and Hope-

all 150 Words or Less!

Let Him Go, Olivia

Alejandro Arbide, San Antonio, Texas

There I was. Upside down inside the swimming pool. Drowned. My parents were screaming. It must have been the summer of  ’63. It was a gloomy day. Every Sunday we went to my grandparents’ house. My cousins and I were playing alongside the pool. I must have slipped. At three years old, I did not know how to swim. My mother was giving me CPR. More than twenty or twenty-five minutes had gone by. The ambulance had arrived. Everybody was staring at my mother. “Let him go, Olivia. It’s over.” Even my father had some feelings of resignation. Yet, she never gave up.

I write this story as a tribute to my mother, who, only four years later, passed away. And also in recognition of the editors who made it possible for my mother to have read in Reader’s Digest the miracle made by another woman utilizing then recently discovered CPR.

 Posted by at 10:05 AM

  18 Responses to “First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros/Teaser Tuesday:
The Best Life Stories by Reader’s Digest”

  1. Wow, what a great story! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “BLOOD ORANGE”

  2. Reader’s Digest conjures up warm memories…enjoy the read!

  3. I used to read those stories in Reader’s Digest. This one sounds great.

  4. Love the sound of this Vicki – thanks for sharing

  5. This sounds like an emotional read. I’ll have to check this one out.

  6. Oh wow! My grandparents used to get Reader’s Digest and I spent quite a lot of time reading all the different stories. This sounds like an interesting read.

  7. That is certainly an opening paragraph where you Need to know more about this book., I like Reader’s Digest.

  8. That’s quite a story!

  9. Oh wow, this sounds like an intense story. I admit I love some of the older Reader’s Digest books because they have such pretty covers and I have several but haven’t read them. Maybe I should!

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