Hi Readers! In the category of “overkill” and “probably not representative of the culture as a whole, but still instructive,” and “wacko!” here’s an amazing post from the blog Doctor Grumpy in the House: A dad (Dr. Grumpy, I presume) was dropping off his daughter at a friend’s house for a sleepover when the mom halted him. She demanded he sign a legal waiver promising he would not sue
for over any injuries Marie might sustain in the course of a “normal slumber party” (whatever the hell that is).
Fill out a form listing what ER I wanted her taken to in the event of an emergency.
Fill out a paper listing medicine and food allergies (I can understand that part, actually), and any special dietary requirements.
List her pediatrician’s name and number.
There were even more blanks to fill in, and the mom was apparently angry Dr. Grumpy had not brought along his insurance card.
Now, I know: Most parents are not at all this worried or fanatical. But I did meet a dad who was asked to sign an insurance waiver when he dropped off his kid at a house where there was a trampoline, so this pre-fun paperwork could be the tip of the (don’t sue us if we hit an) iceberg. Either way, it’s another example of the fear that puts walls between people when we see each other not as “all in this together” but as potential litigants on opposite sides of the aisle.
And can you imagine the psychological damage if the daughter tries to levitate and can’t? Or, God forbid, fails to see Mary Worth in the mirror? — Lenore (and thanks to Ian in Hamburg for the tip!)