It seems shallow, but there’s much more to this hole than what meets the eye.
“The hole was so deep he disappeared,” Gabrielle Adams said. “All I heard was him crying; that’s when my mom came and went through there with her head first.”…
The hole is about 5-foot-4 — a long fall for a 1 year old…
But what about the adults?
“I’m holding her legs so she won’t slip through. She was trying to breathe, but he was still through there.”
Covington says the hole curves inside and she had to maneuver down several feet just to lay a finger on her grandson.
“I couldn’t breathe, all I could say was ‘Lord take me and not my grandchild.'”
Holding back tears, she remembers the moment she finally got a grip on Mon’Terrio.
“I grabbed his shirt then I grabbed his arm then I started praying, and I saw a light and he came on through.”
Whew. That was intense. Like Honey I Shrunk “Ace in the Hole” intense.
Please don’t misunderstand, falling into holes can be scary, especially for small children. Holes are dark. They conjure grim visions of oblivion. Tendencies toward superheroics and vigilantism may be accelerated, even defined by such a brush. But, unless the hole in this story turns out to be one of the thousand hole-like maws of Xylthos the muck demon it’s probably exactly what it looks like: A 5-foot-deep hole/lawsuit-waiting-to-happen. Is it news? Sure. But I think it’s also “Shizzle?”
Remember “Shizzle?” That’s the special quality WREG wants to see more of in breaking news according to a now year-old help wanted listing. Why run a boring procedural about what it takes to get a potentially hazardous park hole filled when you can relate a harrowing multigenerational struggle against a 5-foot hole that’s so much more than just a hole, but really isn’t?
Source: Memphis Flyer