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Pearls from Mrs. Mom: It’s all fun and games …

Today you get a twofer. This is both a Dad Speaks and a Pearls from Mrs. Mom.

We’ll start with the Dad Speaks part. Dad is not a big rebel. I’m not the type to challenge authority very much. I’m pretty much a follow the rules type of guy. For the most part. The old adage that “rules are made to be broken” isn’t really my motto. Yeah, at my old job we used to say all the time “rules, we don’t need no stinkin’ rules”, but we really didn’t mean it (or at least I didn’t). I’m pretty much a rule follower from birth.

That’s why, this morning when Mrs. Mom told me about a story she read I just had to pipe up and say something.

Mrs. Mom was telling me about a news story she read this morning about a gentleman who was injured this week on Pirates of the Caribbean. It seems like a British Tourist was dangling his hands in the water at Pirates of the Caribbean at WDW this week and at some point a couple of fingers got chopped off.

Here’s the Pearl from Mrs. Mom – “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.”

How many times have you heard this at Disney World? “Please keep your hands and feet inside the ride vehicle at all times.” You hear it on most rides. In fact, you hear it so many times you almost ignore it. It’s like the safety briefing on an airplane. Who listens to those things?

My question is why? Why do we ignore those safety announcements. “Please, for the safety and comfort of others, no flash photography.”, “Please stay seated until the tram has come to a full and complete stop.” “Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.” “Please keep hands, arms and heads inside the ride vehicle at all times.” “Please move all the way down to the end of the row before taking a seat.”

Yeah, I hear the excuses. That doesn’t apply to me. I want to sit in the middle. One little flash won’t hurt anything. I’m just dangling my fingers in the water. What could possibly go wrong.

Like Mrs. Mom says, it’s all fun and games until someone get’s hurt.

Think about this next time you’re at Disney World.

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