… and I realized how true it was. Remember on Gilligan’s Island? There were several run-ins with quicksand. I think it featured in Land of the Lost as well. It was scary, it could swallow you fast — and as an adult, I have never seen quicksand. Ever.
This got me thinking about other things I was led to believe would be a bigger deal than they really were. Remember studying about fire safety in school? I remember a big deal being made of making a plan with your family about how you would exit the house if it caught on fire during the night. It was important to have a meeting place! I spent quite a bit of time thinking about this. Our split-level might go up in flames, but if it did, at least we’d all watch it against the dark sky while gathered by the dogwood tree in the front yard.
Then I also remembered the coming ice age. While I was in elementary school, in the 1970s, I clearly remember learning in science about past ice ages. We also learned that another ice age was coming. This was pretty scary, although given the timeframe that the first one had occurred in, it probably wasn’t an urgent worry. And just look how things turned out: now there is no talk about ice ages, but we do hear about global warming (hasn’t the recent winter turned the polite phrase into “climate change”?).
What are some things you remember learning about as a child, that turned out to be a big nothing as an adult?