The Princess put on Sleeping Beauty this evening to watch. It's been a while since I've watched it, but I did watch some of it. Particularly the part where the witch came and put the curse on the Princess. I'm sure you remember - that the Princess would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die on her 16th birthday (then commuted to a deep sleep by one of the good fairies). The King then made the command decision to protect the daughter by having every spinning wheel in the country destroyed.
Of course, on her 16th birthday, the princess finds herself in front of a spinning wheel, and, of course, pricks her finger.
I see this and I think - well, wouldn't there have been a better way to go about this? Such as teaching the princess how to use a spinning wheel, and then maybe telling her to avoid them on her birthday? That way, she is aware of what could happen, and, if she finds herself so situated, at least she is prepared to handle it.
In other news, teen birth rates are up.