When I was a child, I remember playing in a creek just like this. Even in the winter we waded in to our knees. Back then I had high rubber boots that would keep my feet dry but certainly not warm.
One day I was testing the ice and fell in, right up to my neck. I was on my way to catch the school bus. I had to go home, change and get warm. There was no one home so I was left to my own devices. I didn't think it odd that my mom worked but just once in awhile I wanted her there. Just a hug, that's all.