Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Bouncing Like Rubber, Not Looking Through Crystal
“Are you excited, Mom?” my son asked as I started packing for my weekend in the mountains.
I wished I could answer in a resounding “yes,” that I was jumping up and down in anticipation for the long-awaited getaway, but I wasn’t.
In fact, after two days of scrolling through screen after screen of leaking rain cloud images that weather.com selected to represent the expected weekend conditions, I was ready to bag the whole thing and just stay home. I just wasn’t feeling up for two days of chilling rain, and the forecast was pretty specific. Not a splash of yellow in the entire outlook until Sunday, and, frankly, I’d had enough rain.
I broached the change-of-plans topic with my husband. Considering his current challenges with general mobility, I figured he was just going to make me happy, anyway. And damp just wasn’t going to do it.
However, my husband cried foul at my attempt to bail, and, in the meantime, Jen emailed me with a kind offer of semi-nearby backup shelter should our conditions become too grim. Excited or not, the trip was on. We pulled off our finally-sunny street and headed off into guaranteed gloom.
I’m so thankful that we did. If we went with the odds and stayed home, I would have missed all this:
I am so grateful that we took a chance, and glad for the reminder that “guarantees” are nothing more than educated guesses; that life isn’t predetermined and that sometimes the best bet is to go against the odds. It is refreshing to realize that weatherman, doctors, and prognosticators of all fates are simply professionals with opinions and not the final authorities on immutable facts. I’m glad that life is fluid, and that my future is unwritten.
And I’m bouncing-off-the-walls excited that I’m in the middle of a Bigger Journey with an iffier forecast and I have absolutely no idea how it’s all going to turn out –but I don’t plan on missing a single moment of the adventure.
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