Baby Jessica rescue: Was it the birth of helicopter parenting?
When the little girl known as Baby Jessica was pulled from a Texas well 25 years ago, covered in mud and blood, we should well have marked the date not only for celebration but perhaps as the birth date of the helicopter parent. I realized today that it was one of the memory keys that has influenced my parenting.
The event was one that united the nation as people of all ages, whole families pressed each other for news of Jessica McClure, 18 months, as hundreds of rescuers worked around the clock for almost 59 hours during the national ordeal.
I remember the workers digging the parallel shaft and flying in oil drilling heavy equipment to try and get her out. I remember them singing to her down that dark shaft and telling her stories and nursery rhymes. I recall some fool college student making the lame and inappropriate joke, “Hope they’re not reading Alice in Wonderland!” as the other students all crowded around the TV in the college newspaper office where I was a news editor.