This is the headline that I saw this morning. Of course, it’s about Abby Sunderland, who is attempting to be the youngest person to sail around the world all by herself and without touching land and without assistance.
It all sounds very draining. I sort of suspect she’s doing it to get out of going to school. Also, the person who holds the world record now did the same thing when she was seventeen. Which leads me to the conclusion that when our children have their babies, they will place them on a boat immediately in the quest of that world record.
Before I read the headline, though, I read Loralee’s post about it. And you should too, because she reminds us that had Abby been lost at sea, as had been feared, the parents’ life would have been destroyed. And how those hours of waiting to hear if their daughter was dead or alive was no time to pass judgment on them as parents.
Fortunately, Abby is alive and well so we are now free to judge.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PARENTS?
What parent in their right mind allows his or her 16 year old daughter to sail around the fucking world by herself?
How does that even come up in conversation?
“Pass the bagel, mom. Hey, I was thinking of going on a little sail.”
“You know, around the world.”
“That sounds nice dear. With friends and a crew?”
“Let me discuss this with your father. It’s a very important decision, you know.”
“Yeah, mom, but hurry. There’s a world record at stake and I’m not getting any younger, you know.”
Look, if you’ve been reading this blog for more than three seconds, you know that I’m a total pain-in-the-ass helicopter mom who is driving her kids insane. And I’m okay with that. That’s a parenting choice that I made. And I should totally extend the same courtesy to other parents, including Abby’s. But I can’t.
Because I’m judgmental.
I read a comment from Abby’s mother, quoted in The New York Post:
Could there be a tragedy? Yeah, there could be. But there could be a tragedy on the way home tonight, you know, or driving with her friends in a car at 16. You minimize the risks.
You minimize the risks?! How, by not packing her boat with explosives?
I know nothing about sailing (except that I get sea sick. Hope Abby has sea bands), but aren’t we worried about pirates? Or is she using the No-Pirate Lane?
But I’m here to learn. Tell me how a parent comes to a decision that this is okay for their family.
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