We’ve all done it at one time or another. More than once, I’m sure.
You put something down somewhere that’s totally unsafe, thinking, “just for a minute.”
And then you go and forget all about it.
The only question at that point is whether luck is on your side or not?
We were outside on a particularly nice afternoon. Little Boy Beagle was pushing his bike around the driveway (not a fan of riding on it just yet, but pushing it is great loads of fun). His shoes needed adjusting so I took my sunglasses off to get a better look.
I put them on the ground. No, that’s silly. He’d run them right over with his bike or step on them or something. So, the next logical place is the bumper of the car that’s sitting in the garage.
But only for a second, right?
Fast forward to the next day. I leave early enough in the morning that I don’t need my sunglasses, but I always take them with me for the afternoon ride home. Grabbed them from my usual spot on the table by the front door and take them along. Now, you’re probably thinking, how did the sunglasses get from the back of the car to the front table? An alert wife? Magic?
At the end of the work day, go to leave, look at the sunglasses, and….they’re not mine. The little rhinestone thingies on the side were the giveaway. I had grabbed my wifes.
That’s about the point I said ‘Oh crap’ because I remembered exactly where mine were. I said something a little stronger when I realized that it was grocery shopping day, meaning that they definitely weren’t going to be sitting on the bumper of a car that hadn’t been moved all day.
Drove home (without any sunglasses on, btw) wondering what I’d find.
As soon as I turned the corner to our street, I saw them. Right in the middle of the street.
Got out to survey the damage and they were….untouched.
My wife goes shopping around 10am. It was close to 4:30pm. Those glasses had sat in the middle of the street for six and a half hours without getting so much as a single scratch on them. Granted, we do live on a court so there’s a little less traffic than many streets in the neighborhood.
Glad that it wasn’t garbage truck day!
So the moral of the story is this: The reason that the sunglasses were fine is because they were really cheap. Had they been expensive name brand sunglasses, they wouldn’t have had a prayer. So, buy cheap sunglasses!
Have you ever made a bonehead move that cost you? Or didn’t cost you because luck stepped in?