From Off the Bench
A single mother from Wales has caused somewhat of a firestorm by posting a photo of herself rock climbing with her two-year-old daughter strapped to her back. They’re pretty high up a rock face, and the woman is wearing a helmet — but not the kid. Take Your Daughter to Work Day?
Here’s the photo.
Our Mom of the Year is Menna Pritchard, 26, and she has a perfectly logical explanation. From the London Daily Mail:
“I can appreciate if you didn’t realize how safe the environment I was in, it could be worrying, but I was top-roping which means if you fall you don’t fall any further than where you came off.
“It is the safest form of climbing you can do. I was also in a beach environment surrounded by experienced climbers. Health and safety legislation and the sue and blame culture mean so many people are nervous, so afraid of getting into trouble, and taking small risks. Life is all about risks, whether that’s something as simple as getting in your car every day or climbing up a rock face.”
Yes, that damn “sue and blame culture.” They ruin everyone’s fun.
I can’t help but look at that photo and think of the Popeye cartoon in which Sweet Pea, the baby, gets out of the house and is crawling across girders being swung by a crane several stories up at a construction site.
And to think people got into such an uproar when 13-year-old Jordan Romero climbed Mt. Everest. What were you doing when you were two, kid?