Why My Kid's No Abby Sunderland
The news is good: Abby Sunderland has been found alive in the Indian Ocean. Thirty-foot waves had pummeled her boat, which no longer has a mast, but the vessel is still seaworthy. A trio of ships is heading out to rescue her.
Abby is the 16-year-old local girl who set sail back in January, in hope of becoming the youngest person to complete a solo sail around the world. Her family lost contact with her in the middle of a satellite phone call, and her actual location was unknown.
I cannot imagine the anguish her parents must have felt while she was missing. Then again, I cannot imagine allowing my kid to embark on such a journey in the first place.
It's only been a couple of years since I've allowed my daughter to enter a public restroom on her own. Until recently, she had never walked up to worker at Baskin-Robbins to order her own ice cream cone. She has never walked to school on her own, nor has she ever ridden a bike to a friend's house. These are things I did all the time when I was a lot younger than she.
I guess you could say my husband and I are over-protective, but in we are not more so than the other parents we know. The world seems a more dangerous place than the one we grew up in. After a couple of well-publicized instances of predators snatching kids out of their front yards, or hiding in public rest rooms, we've got a generation of kids who never walk alone. Maybe I overreacted to the news, but I did everything I could to ensure that my daughter will not be immortalized with a law that bears her name.Continued on the next page