Tag: luck

Cars: Those Magic Mysterious Machines

 

Can’t blame Dad for trying. He’s no expert mechanic but he certainly practices good car maintenance and knows his way around the most basic emergency procedures that tend to arise over the standard lifespan of a vehicle. He tried to impart some of that knowledge to his girls. But we were always more interested in being behind the wheel than under the hood.

Because when you grow up in Tulsa, road-tripping your way around Texarkana (and that one memorable summer vacation out west, all the way to Boise), driving was a joy. Driving meant freedom. Driving meant wide-open roads and singing at the top of your lungs and playing silly games to pass the time, hitting the occasional quirky roadside diner (even though you packed enough food for an army), stopping on a whim to read a historical marker if you felt like it, then still managing to catch up afterward with that same horse trailer you saw drive off in the distance when you pulled off onto the shoulder. And when night fell, there’d be long, quiet stretches with just the steady rhythm of wheels on road beneath you, the stars above, and the moon following your car as it flew down the highway with Dad at the wheel.

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I tend not to dwell much on the true nature of chance, nor do I attempt to ascribe cause to every situation or circumstance that befalls some of us and not others.  I believe in the Providence of God; I also recognize the power of human choice.  In this existence we call life, things happen.  […]

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On his 30th birthday, I asked my husband if I could drive his ‘72 Chevy Blazer convertible to Safeway to pick up ice and beverages for the barbecue picnic party I was throwing for him that afternoon. He offered to drive since the Blazer had been overheating lately. Sure enough, on the way back from […]

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For a brief, shining moment, I was part of the 1%.  I earned it.  Nobody else was there in the corner I called my home office,  day after day, night after night, even as I kept a couple of day jobs and four children going…no one but me, tapping away at the keyboard until my fingers […]

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The birth of my oldest daughter was easy for me.  Probably because I wasn’t even there.  Hah!  Because she’s my step-daughter. How lucky!  So to make up for that, I went through twelve hours of labor for the birth of my second daughter. Now, up until my second daughter was born I had been working […]

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Kids can be incredibly stupid, at least based on my own experiences.  I am amazed at the stuff I survived as a child, the self-inflicted accidents and near-misses, the many times when I flirted with death and walked away just with minor injuries and a tetanus shot.  I could have been just another statistic in […]

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What is luck? Is it just a form of probability that we notice? I remember reading somewhere that if one were to have thirty random people in the room, the probability is that two would share the same birthday. One would think that the probability would not approach unity until one had as many people […]

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So I was puttering around in my kitchen, soaking some salt pork when I heard from the bathroom, “Dad! Dad!! I need some help.” Aware of my five-year-old son’s penchant for bringing toys into the bathroom, I wasn’t particularly concerned. I was a bit annoyed. I presumed that he finally managed to drop Megatron into […]

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**This is my final plea for contributors to this series.  I’ve got 8 7 slots left to fill, and March 1 is this Sunday.  I might be inclined to personally shame some people into writing for this** I am lucky to be alive.  Seriously, there were a couple of times in my childhood where I should […]

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