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Things Happen

by eric at 04:56 PM on March 14, 2002

Today is one of those days where things happen. I'm glad they're happening to others and not to me. For example, my sister-in-law's father died last night. Two of my best friends got laid off today, and at least one of them really can't afford that. My friend's brother died last week, seven years to the day after getting a heart transplant.

These are things that happen.

These are not things that happen like, say, the sun rising, the harvest moon shining, or the tides getting sand wet kinds of things. Those are natural and predictable and good things.

Instead, these things that happen are things like, say, the sun overheating a car so much the dog inside dies, or the harvest moon shining just enough so you can see a rape happening on the street below your window, or the tide causing an undertow so big it drags you under with such force you feel like you have ropes tied to your ankles and you hit your head on a rock.

These are bad things. Things I don't wish on even a Republican.

It's a relief me, on a day like today where things happen, to be living such a boring life, where it feels like nothing happens. May nothing continue to happen for a long time.

comments (2)

Indeed. Sometimes the nicest dilemma is having no dilemma at all.

by northstar at March 14, 2002 8:16 PM

Right, as much as life may not be going how we'd want it to go, there is always someone worse off than me: homeless people, Taliban officials, the Chicago Bulls.

by mg at March 15, 2002 11:58 AM

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