Let's Talk with Lois Winston
Bad Things Come in Threes
I, for one, am quite happy to find summer in the review mirror. It’s been a miserable one, both for the planet and me personally. Just as the heat was building to oppressive levels, my husband’s car died. Completely. Totally. DOA right in the middle of an intersection on a very busy thoroughfare as we were returning from a Target run.
I got behind the wheel, and he began to push as angry drivers zipped past us, blaring their horns and shouting obscenities. Did they think we wanted to be there, putting our lives in jeopardy as we tried to maneuver the car around the corner to the curb of a side street? You’d think maybe one compassionate person might stop to help? Don’t make me laugh.
Two hours later the tow truck finally arrived. And that was the end of my husband’s midlife crisis car. I hope he’s gotten it out of his system. We’ve decided to try being a one-car family.
And then one morning a few weeks later, my laptop died. Catastrophic failure of the hard drive and battery without any warning. Mac had given me ten good years, though, and I did have a recent backup. Still, it was an expense I wasn’t planning.
Now, I’ve never been a superstitious person, but I have noticed that for most of my life, bad things have happened in threes. So I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen next. At the height of Covid, my stove, dishwasher, and clothes dryer all died within a few weeks of each other. So what would it be this time? My twelve-year-old car? That’s what I expected.
As bad as Covid has been, I keep telling myself we’re lucky. Thousands of people this summer have had it much worse. Our home wasn’t destroyed by fire, tornado, or hurricane. And maybe—hopefully—sometime soon I’ll start feeling a hundred percent again. Meanwhile, my sleuth is quite happy that I haven’t had the strength to conjure up more murder and mayhem for her. At least one of us is happy!
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