Bode Miller's wife said in a heartbreaking Instagram message that her family is generally enthusiastic about the first day of school, but this year there is a "giant hole" after her daughter accidentally drowned.
Morgan Beck moved to Instagram on Wednesday to share a photo of his children last September preparing for their first day of school. In the picture, Beck and his late daughter Bode Miller, Emeline Grier, are sitting on the floor in front of their brothers while they smile at the camera.
In a second picture taken on Tuesday, the couple's 3-year-old son, Nash, is seen crying while the picture was taken. The other two children of Beck and Miller, Neesyn, 10, and Samuel, 5, remain in the background.
There is a giant hole: Bode Miller's wife shared heartbreaking photos from last year as her children prepared for school with Emeline sitting on the floor, and this year without the girl
Emeline Grier, 19 months old, died in June of accidental drowning after slipping into her neighbor's pool
Beck said that all he could focus on in the second image is his son's face and the "giant hole" where his daughter was sitting last year.
"Yesterday was the first day of school for our children, it's a day that we always look forward to, but all I can see is the face of Nash and the giant hole that was created between last year's photo and this year's photo. I can imagine that this was my face too, going back to our routine without our daughter, I imagine daily how different my life would be today if I had 30 more seconds, "wrote the professional beach volleyball player.
"This pain of heart does not need to belong to any other father," Beck added, encouraging others to help them awaken the consciousness of accidental drowning.
Miller, an Olympic skier, and Beck's daughter, Emeline, died on June 10 after leaving the back door undetected by the neighbor. Orange County, California, home and sliding in the backyard. The 19-month-old girl was found floating in the neighbor's pool.
In an emotional Instagram post last month, Beck shared an image of her daughter connected to oxygen, writing in the title that she wanted to have one more day with her baby.
Morgan Beck has been sharing photos of her baby on Instagram and swearing to educate parents about the dangers of accidental drowning
Olympic athlete Bode Miller looks at this Instagram picture celebrating Emeline Grier's first birthday last year
Bode Miller and his wife Morgan Beck, who are expecting another baby, have been spreading awareness about accidental drowning
"I wish I could have one more day to hug you, but until that day arrives, continue working with me and giving me the strength to realize, my love," he wrote. "I told you that as I embraced you at this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains, every step we take is for you and Levi, your imprint will remain forever in this world, I love you, my child." ;
Since the tragic loss of the couple, they have been raising awareness about the dangers of accidental drowning. Beck said during a presentation on the Today show that he had an obligation to educate other parents.
She said a child could drown in just 30 seconds.
"And by the time those 30 seconds passed, the probability of her recovering her son is almost zero," said Beck, who is pregnant with her third child.
"There is not a day that passes and I do not pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and do it differently." But now we have the opportunity to make the days of other parents different, "Beck said as he cried.