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So I got a book called Queens in the Kingdom. It’s a guide for gay and lesbians to Disney but I was interestedi n reading the compare and contrast and few things in the Odds and Ends section. I noticed a blurb, can’t really call it a chapter, about taking children. I will say that the rest of the book was interesting so far, but this part upset me some. There is one sentence in particular: “Because Disney parks are croded and bustlin and there’s tons of stuff to look at, it’s easy to lose a child (especially if you’re a bad parent).”
What? Ok I know I would have a heart attack if my son went missing, I mean I was hysterical when my husband moved him from the basinette to the crib and I didn’t realize it. But come on. A lot of parents lose kids. We were at a local theme park when my cousin and brother, three years old, took off at a run in the opposite direction. They managed to make it out of site and behind some rides. Needless to say both my parents and my aunt were super upset. I got left at DL. Well, I wandered over to the side to look at the flowers at the entrance and my mom thought I went with my dad over to get his pass and my dad thought I was with my mom… But I wasn’t gone lone. I sat down by the Pirates poster and then got dragged off and yelled at my mother.
I worked at a theme park too, and we had lost children a lot. They just dont understand to stay close to someone. I think the sentence should have ended without the comment, because someone loosing a child doesn’t make them a bad parents and that is what they are implying. It is a horrible and scary time, for both parent and child. That’s what the cast members are there for partially. To keep everyone happy and calm. I remember doing my rounds checking on the rides in my group with two four year old twins clinging to my leg. The rides were all right around each other, literally six or seven steps since they were kid rids, but the poor security guard couldn’t get them to go with him.
Anyways, I digress. It happens. I don’t see the point in making it sound like everyone who loses a child is automatically a bad parent. That’s like saying every parent who has had a kid roll off the couch is a bad parent. (Been there. Cried hysterically to my mother… who then had a good laugh with every other parent she worked with in CICU.) There are things that happen to almost everyone and a child taking off is one of them. And, if the place is crowded, you can loose sight of them.
Well that is my rant… Thanks for putting up with it!