I am sure that we have all walked by doors that have just such a warning written in large red letters, and perhaps we have even wanted to push open the door just to see what would happen. I know I have always been tempted, just a little, to see if the alarm would really sound. Of course, my sense of societal norms and my respect for unwritten laws of such things always override my temptations. Well, today, I saw what would happen if the doors were pushed open ...
Not a sound.
Barely a notice by other people.
I was on my way to teach and I noticed a student push right through the double glass doors. I waited to hear that loud warning of fire, but nothing happened. I stopped to wait, but still nothing. I was amazed that the boy didn't even hesitate ... could he not have known what he had just done. But, obviously it didn't matter. The door hung open a bit, but I couldn't bring myself to walk through it after the boy who had made it through unscathed.
Although I saw that nothing happened, I will continue to suppress that need to pull the alarm or walk through the door. But, now I will always wonder about the nothing.