Parents consistently call out to kids, warning them against jumping on beds. Springy mattresses are tempting indeed, and children are naturally bouncy creatures. However, caution and courtesy toss wet blankets, so to speak, on bed bouncing.
Why would it be wrong for youngsters to treat beds like trampolines?
First, jumping on a bed can be downright dangerous.
A child could easily fall off a bouncing bed and suffer injuries from a crash landing on the floor or upon impact with furniture or other objects nearby. A time-honored children’s rhyme even warns about bouncing monkeys falling off beds and breaking their heads.
A Marquette Park kindergartner has a scarier bed jumping story to tell, as The Chicago Tribune reported. The girl was springing on a bed on Saturday morning, March 25, when a gun went off. The loaded firearm was apparently hidden between the mattress and the box spring. When she jumped, the gun fired and actually shot the spontaneous bed acrobat near one ankle.
Fortunately, the child was treated and released from a Chicago hospital without serious harm to recuperate at home. After her unfortunate experience, the Windy City may have one less bed jumper.
Although conscientious parents are unlikely to recommend the storage of loaded guns in beds or other furniture, folks may hope that perhaps many will learn from the injured girl’s suffering as well and stop jumping on beds.
Bed jumping is also deemed discourteous.
Each family may have its own rules about how members treat the furniture in their own home. But generally accepted rules of etiquette apply to those staying in hotels, stopping over in guest homes, or visiting in others’ homes. Bed jumping is rude.
Mattresses and bedding can be quickly destroyed, if folks repeatedly jump on beds. Couches and upholstered chair suffer similar damage from indoor gymnastics.
Besides the likelihood of a bed jumper’s marring others’ belongings while bouncing, the practice is nearly universally considered rude. Using furniture as a springboard or trampoline ranks closely with putting one’s muddy feet up on another’s desk or table. It’s downright discourteous.
Please, don’t jump on the beds. Even if a gun doesn’t suddenly go off, as it did in Chicago, the host just might.
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