Kaufman, her sister and their parents were sailing around the world
when the trouble began. Something went wrong with the sailboat and it
lost power, leaving the family stranded 900 miles away from land.
Then, little Lyra started to get very sick. She first broke out with a
severe rash and then got an infection. They sent out distress signals
and the Navy answered their desperate call. A team of medics flew out
and then parachuted into the Pacific Ocean to save the baby girl. Now
she is thankfully on the mend.
I don't know if I would say irresponsible.....some people live on the positive side of everything feeling that nothing will go wrong if you do. Me on the other hand would not put my
young children in such a vulnerable way...I prefer to live in reality knowing the possibility of something going wrong is very possible.
I would never do that. I'm not sure if they were just out for an adventure or if they were trying to set some kind of world record but the parents certainly did get a dose of reality when their boat became stranded and their baby became sick.
On the flip side of this terrible saga, I will say that we often don't know our capabilities unless we try and there have been thousands of people who have accomplished great goals when others have berated them the entire time and saying it is impossible. Out of the ordinary things like this are the reason there are famous people who have made a name for themselves such as the first woman to swim the english channel.....just an example.
So, I suppose, if this young family had completed their sail, they could say "We told you all we could do it." Because people have sailed around the world with children aboard in the past. But since they didn't make it, everyone else now has opportunity to berate them by saying "We knew you couldn't do it."
That being said....again, as I stated in my first sentence.....it isn't something I would do with my children.