My mind today has been very much on the poor teenagers who were on the Alton Towers ride this week, that went so dreadfully wrong. How easily that could have been either of my two teenagers. Whilst we have never actually visited Alton Towers, we have, as have most parents, visited several theme parks, last week being such an occasion. Above is a picture I took at the end of our picnic lunch. Each row represented a ride the kids had been on...I prefer to "look after the bags" these days...and a spot of crochet whilst waiting is a pleasant way to pass the time, whilst watching them enjoy themselves.
As well as thinking of the poor teenagers who have had their lives forever changed.....I thought about the staff member who sent the carriage off. I have often thought how young the staff at theme parks look, many of them just students, in charge of such complex pieces of engineering. I am sure they are given training on how to operate the rides and what to do in the event of an accident, but I doubt any of them are prepared for the catastrophic consequences of a mistake....or a mechanical failure. My heart goes out to the riders and the staff involved.
How thankful I am our day out last week ended in the usual way of a trip to the gift shop and two tired teenagers in the back of the car.