One of my Grandmothers was the type to promote fear in children by telling them worst-case-scenario stories about children getting hurt on electronic coin-operated rides, escalators, etc. My mother passed down some of these stories half-heartedly, slightly giggling as she’d say, “Oh, this is what my Mom would say….[insert crazy story here].”
Since my grandmother was the queen of clipping odd articles out of newspapers and committing them to heart, I figured there must be some truth to some of the stories.
My grandmother’s story about escalators was more along the line of saying she heard of a child’s stomach being sucked into the bottom step of an escalator…so I’m always sure that my kids are nowhere near that induction spot when they jump off!
And indeed…on our way to Vietnam for our two-week Christmas vacation, a run-in with the escalator made me realize that there is a reason to have a healthy fear of escalators!
This time I was holding Ethan’s hand, and took that last step off the escalator. He did not come with me. Jared yelled, and I turned around to realize that Ethan’s foot was STUCK IN the escalator. STUCK! At this point the escalator had already come to a halt, but I wasn’t sure if it that was only because his shoe’s toe was wedged, and perhaps it was still putting pressure on his foot. I quickly loosened the velcro on his shoe and whisked his poor toes out as soon as I could…relieved that I didn’t see any blood on his socks. I took off his sock and found no evidence of skin breakage or trauma!
Hallelujah! I then pulled the shoe out, which took quite a bit of force. This photo was taken after the fact, simply to show you WHERE the shoe got caught (right where the last step came down flat…right in the corner)…although it was sticking out at a 45 degree angle when it got stuck!
His shoe has seen better days! I’m so grateful this did not happen in an open-toe shoe!
So, while I’ve always laughed at my grandmother’s crazy warnings…perhaps there is a little truth in them, and it doesn’t hurt to be cautious with a few gigantic pieces of equipment that we usually wouldn’t think twice about!