The best family fun day out
It was actually my husband’s 30th birthday (yes, he really is only 30), and his choice was to spend a family day at the theme park.
This was the first time Lady P had ever experienced a place like this apart from the odd teacups ride or carousel. I’ve never seen so many laughs and smiles as she loved every ride and attraction that she went on.
She actually asked if we could stay forever. *Cue melted heart x 2*.
If you’ve never heard of Thomas Land, it’s part of the theme park based around Thomas and Friends. It has twelve brilliant Thomas themed rides, an indoor play area, and gift shops filled with official merchandise. A definite must for any Thomas fan.
Before we left though, given there were no queues, my husband decided to have a few goes on the bigger rides.
Time to start worrying
Now I am not a negative person.
Since becoming a parent though, I am a lot more cautious of situations. Situations that years ago, I’d not even have given a second thought to.
I’d be lying if I pretended that the worries of parenting, senseless terrorist attacks in this crazy world, and the two miscarriages I’ve now had haven’t changed how I think.
I think it’s normal. I also think it’s good to have an appreciation for what I am so very lucky to have.
But I am not over-paranoid to the point that it prevents us from enjoying and making the most of our lives together.
Stood at the bottom of the ride waiting for Alex to appear however, an irrational thought came over me. I thought back to the crash at Alton Towers a few years ago.
“What if it crashed?”.
I quickly told myself to shut up as the thought was just too scary, and we watched him enjoying the short ride and return without harm.
Not long after, we left with a very tired girl who fell asleep before we’d even exited the car park.
Mentally, I then relaxed. We’d had a fun day without any injuries.
Hearing the news
Fast forward to today when I heard the tragic news that a little girl had sadly died on a ride at Drayton Manor.
What the F**K?
I know I’d had those thoughts about safety, but I hadn’t really believed something terrible could actually happen. Especially not this close to home.
Just devastating. My thoughts have been with her loved ones all day since I heard about it.
These accidents are usually so uncommon. Apparently there have been no deaths at a UK theme park in over a decade.
Although the details have not yet been released as to what happened, it seems that it was a freak accident at a place that has an excellent safety record.
I am sure nothing will not help the family to make sense of it though. How can it?
So as I tuck up my little girl tonight, I looked at her. I thought back to our fun day out and was reminded by today’s sad event that it could so easily have ended very differently.
I looked at her sleeping and realised that life is so fragile.
Tonight, a family weren’t kissing their little girl goodnight as I was.
It’s just so unfair.
My heart goes out to the family involved.