DEAR ABBY: I am 8 years old and one of my best friends drowned last year. She was only 7. If she had worn a life vest, she wouldn't have died. Please tell parents that if their kids aren't good swimmers, they should wear a life vest. -- MISSING MY FRIEND IN MARYLAND
DEAR MISSING MY FRIEND: Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your friend. That's an excellent reminder. Now for one of my own: Children and adults should never swim alone.