Saturday, October 17, 2009

Late and Lucky

After a tragedy it is easy to focus laser beams of envy upon that parallel universe where the chromosomes divided neatly, the other car stopped for the red light, that blood vessel didn't burst. Everything over there is so normal and perfect and utterly different. For me the craziest thing about parallel universes is that the people in them there have NO IDEA what fresh hell they've missed. They live this miracle every moment after our catastrophes but for them, it's just hohum blah blah blah.

Today I can't help but thinking that in another universe, Parallel Big A didn't dawdle getting dressed, and we made it to the playground exactly when I'd intended -- which is really only 15 minutes earlier than we actually did. That would put Parallel Wabi & family directly under the 100-year-old pine tree when it did this:




To put it more precisely, that would put Parallel Big A & Little A on the swing set. The girls absolutely love those swings.



Or at least they did.



And so the weekend goes on as scheduled for lucky, late us. Only I'm more than happy to rate it as a miracle, if others are so inclined.

9 comments:

AnnaMarie said...

I am inclined. I'm so glad your children were no where near that swing set at the scheduled time!

C. said...

Four words for you: S.H.I.T. That image made me shiver, but also delight that you are safe and sound.
-C.

Rosepetal said...

Oh my god - I am so glad you were all that lucky

Sara said...

Holy shit. So scary. Glad you're all ok!

Julia said...

Another HOLY SHIT coming your way.
I am so glad you were late. So fucking glad.

Beruriah said...

Yeah, but in a perfect world that tree would not have fallen down!

Kidding (sorta). I'm glad you were running late and safe.

Wabi said...

But parallel isn't necessarily the same as perfect, Beruriah. And gee, what does it say to me that it sort of never occurred to me to imagine a *perfect* parallel universe!

Ann said...

Goodness, your pictures gave me chills. So glad you and your family are safe.

Which Box said...

that is really unfreaking believable. Such a deep breath of relief for being late.