As I’m sure you’re all aware, there is a precious, precious little video floating around out there on the interwebs right now. And I just needed to take this opportunity to say that it’s driving me absolutely INSANO CRAZY.
In said video, a 5-year-old little girl named Savannah saves her dad’s life. He had apparently started to have a heart attack, and he had called 911, but then he became unable to speak to the operator because he was having so much difficulty breathing. Little Savannah took over, and handled it like an absolute pro.
So, one may wonder, what’s my beef with this sweet, amazing, adorable, heart-warming viral vid?
Well. Every single time I see the link, the title says approximately the same thing.
Here’s the title from the link I shared above:
“This Little Girl Saves Her Dad’s Life—But She Wants to Look Good Doing It. This Is Pure Gold.”
And every single time I read the title, I want to say EXACTLY the same thing.
Um, no. Actually, I didn’t get that from it. AT ALL.
To tell you the truth, I am just really, really bothered by the fact that the media has taken the heroic act of this little girl, and used it to make her seem vain, in the eyes of people all around the world – when in fact, I don’t think that she’s vain at all. Actually, I didn’t even consider drawing that conclusion from what I heard her say during the 911 call.
In fact, I think that what she was actually trying to be, was modest.
It seems fairly obvious to me that this is an intelligent little girl. She is confident and she speaks calmly and clearly, particularly for a 5-year-old. She also seems well-mannered to me. She seems like she has been raised quite well, as though someone has paid careful attention to her upbringing. She also seems like the kind of girl who looks up to her elders, who listens intently to the things that they say, and applies their examples to her own life.
In other words, I don’t think that the little girl is saying “So far so good,” because she heard it on the playground.
I think she heard her mom or dad or grandparent or other adult relative or teacher say it first, and now she says it too. And the video acknowledges that this is probably the case.
So likewise, I think it should logically follow that somewhere along the line, she was probably taught or learned through her own observances that it’s sometimes a little bit inappropriate to be dressed in only a tank top when a stranger comes to your door.
Sure, this is sort of an antiquated notion. In fact, kinda reminds me of my Gran. But hey, I can see it. I can see my own self, at 5-years-old, feeling exactly the same way.
I just think that this little girl wanted to be approprtiately dressed when the paramedics arrived. I think she also may have known that she would probably be leaving the house once they came, so she felt the need to dress herself to go out. She wanted to put on something other than her “jammies.” (Adorable.) And I don’t think it had one thing to do with wanting to “look good.”
It’s just a shame, as far as I’m concerned, that the title “This Little Girl Saves Her Dad’s Life—But She Wants to Look Modest Doing It,” probably wouldn’t have skyrocketed this amazing video to the superstardom it deserves. (I would imagine that it is full-blown viral by now. There were at least 6 copies of it on my News Feed by the time I sat down to write this post – and that’s not an exaggeration.)
Of course, this is only my interpretation of the call.
None of us REALLY know what the little girl was thinking.
But here’s the deal – if I was going to put words into the mouth of a 5-year-old hero, they’d be words that I genuinely thought might come from someone of her stature. I wouldn’t reduce her to superficiality, unless I knew for sure that it’s something she was intending to convey.
I think that the little girl would probably be a little bit embarrassed by the accusation that she wanted to “look good.”
I think that I would have been embarrassed by it, when I was her age. I have to admit – I truly hated it when adults “treated me like a child,” even (especially) when I was one.
I didn’t act like a child at that age. And while that may seem sad to some people, I actually quite enjoyed it. I wanted to be respected. I had thoughts and opinions and my own little way of living and I didn’t think that it was something to be scoffed at, particuarly by people who thought that everything I did was “cute” or “silly” just because they were older than me.
I think that what this little girl did is something that I’m not even sure I could do, at the ripe old age of 25.
She kept her cool while her dad was in panic mode. I’m sure she kept him calmer than he would have otherwise been. And she remembered her manners the entire time.
She acted with grace and class under pressure. She acted in a way that I admire.
And I think that to reduce her to just another cute little girl who’s worried about the way she looks, is to totally understate the awe-inspiring quality of her actions.
Also – KUDOS to her parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/teachers/church leaders/friends. Huge, huge kudos to the adults (and kids!) who have had an impact on this little girl’s life. I’m sure it’s been said before, but I’m not so sure that it’s been said enough. So there. I said it. And I meant it.
Let me know what you think, in the comments! This is a controversial one, I know!
PS – This post doesn’t have a photo yet. And I never do a post without a photo. So I just thought you should be aware that I went running near my house the other day, and at one point, I came to a big open field where this mysterious creature was running about freely.
I mean…really? Furry all over? Extremely long neck? Low to the ground? Not living behind a fence? I was like…the Loch Ness Monster has finally escaped! And it has legs! Fooled us all! Ha. Needless to say, I turned around immediately.