Safety First

Posted on May 17, 2011. Filed under: Elemental Memories, Mommy Moments |

Believe me … I’m all for the right levels of safety measures.  When traveling, I fully understand the need for the screening process.  In fact, I think I may have been one of the first people pulled aside to have the full body screen done here in Omaha.  Whatever – they’ve seen it all before so screen away.  I’m especially thankful when I see someone creepy getting pulled aside.  There was a highly suspicious dude who got pulled into “the room” in the Rochester airport last week.  I told my traveling companions that if he passes through and gets on our plan, I will not be. 

There are other times, however, when the level of “safety” seems to outweigh the benefits.  I am old enough to remember the Tylenol incident that prompted safety seals on medicines.  But why, dear god why, must there be a kevlar covering over the Advil bottle?  Generally, when you are trying to get Advil open, you aren’t playing some Minute To Win It Game.  You need it right then.  If you’re lucky, you’re in the kitchen with sharp implements to help you open it.  But then one of those implements will slip and cut your knuckle.  You will then need more Advil.  Maybe that is their ploy – hurt yourself while trying to get through the safety protocol thereby increasing the amount you will need.   If you are unlucky, you are in your car in the middle of the grocery star parking lot resorting to fingernails and knuckles, most likely resulting in another hand injury.

Advil makers, please take note.  I only need to know that someone didn’t get into the bottle before me … a think, easily puncturable layer of foil would be much appreciated.


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