I have to say that one of the biggest things that I hate (yes, hate) about the states is how fear driven we are. I remember last summer being scared that there was a bear in my garage (in a Northern California neighborhood) because of all the news stories on bear attacks.
This year, I am hearing about child murders and other scary things that just freak me out.
I just feel like it is silly sometimes how fearful we are. Today I was walking around the mall with Maisie in her stroller and went up the escalator in Nordstrom. Well, this is a very common practice in Paris (unless you want to carry a stroller up a ton of stairs). So I pretty much feel like a pro at maneuvering the stroller, whether it be going on an escalator, carrying it up and down stairs by myself, or whatever. Anyways, a lady decided to tell me that it wasn’t a good idea for me to be on that escalator with my stroller. I am sure she watched some late night show about how escalators kill. It actually put me in a really bad mood for a few hours. I think it is just frustrating that people are ruled by fear. Fear of escalators. Fear of the neighbor next door. Fear of anything we can possibly imagine being afraid of.
Anyways, I just felt like sharing that frustration as I lived most of my life as a child in fear. It has been very freeing living in Europe and not hearing all the nonsense in the news. That is something I am looking forward to when we move back!