Accepting the challenge of Chicago Now's Blogapalooz-Hour of "Writing about a time you experienced a remarkable coincidence or witnessed something unexplainable," I had to flip through the mental Rolodex.
What in my life is so remarkable or unexplainable that rises to the challenge of this exercise?
Then it occurred to me---pretty much all of my life has been a mixture of hard work with some lucky coincidences and unexplainable stuff thrown in for good measure.
The old folks say that "God protects babies and fools."
- When the now pooh-poohed practice of having chicken pox parties for all of the kids in your immediate social circle was practiced, I was the one kid who never got the contagious disease. Everyone else was covered in calamine lotion and all itchy, I played with the Lite Brite. It was years later in my tweens that I finally came down with a very mild case
- In college the cafeteria served up day old, tainted tuna croissants to the student body. I was watching everyone turn green and get sick while I happily munched down on my second sandwich. It turned out that my love of melted Swiss probably saved me from a horrible night in the ER. Everyone else wasn't so lucky.
- I ran across Lake Shore Drive on foot and lived. I still have the scar to prove it. (It's really is a good story. Ask me nicely and I might tell you.)
- I moved to Baltimore in my early 20's in the early 90's when Baltimore was still a very dangerous place for the uninitiated. I still can't believe that I didn't get killed.
- Unbeknownst to me, a man that latter turned out to be a bank robber, held the door open for me as we both walked into my local branch. I proceeded to do my business and he proceeded to do his. Not only was I completely clueless that the bank was being robbed, but refused to leave the until my business was done. NOTE: Watching the FBI descend on a scene after a bank robbery is utterly fascinating. I can't believe that they let me finish my business.
- A complete stranger gave me this watch. No strings. No creepiness. Honest to God.
- I have a roof over my head. That in and of itself is nothing less than a miracle.
Any regular reader of this blog knows that things aren't perfect and it's been an extremely challenging past few years, but I continue to work toward my goals and walk on faith.
'Cause the only explanation I can give you isn't luck, but God.
Oft time I don't know which one I am---the baby or the fool. I'm just glad someone, whether human or divine, has my back.
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