She didn’t realize what happened until after they hit the water, and it seemed as though time stopped as she watched the water level rise up the windshield.
The cold water splashed against her legs at the same time she finally heard the children screaming in the backseat, bringing her back to reality.
Reaching around to unsnap her seatbelt, she takes a deep breath, reminding herself to stay calm because every moment counts.
“Baby girl, it’s gonna be okay,” she turns to look at her daughter, “I need you to unbuckle your brother and get up here in the front seat, quickly.”
When the children climb over the seat, she pulls them into her lap, places a kiss on both their foreheads and whispers, “Now when I say, I want you to take a deep breath, hold it in and kick, and whatever you do, do NOT let go of my hand.”