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Sep142012

Never Say Never

You would think that at my advanced age I would have learned that it's better not to tempt fate by VEHEMENTLY making declarations of intention when I clearly have no control over whatever the universe decides is my path. 

Apparently not.

The most extreme case of my having to eat my words happened eleven years ago when we had our first ever holiday in America. As we drove down the turnpike from Orlando to The Keys, Mufasa mused aloud that he liked The USA and wouldn't mind relocating. I turned to him and in my most evil scary voice said  "OVER MY DEAD BODY WILL WE EVER LIVE HERE." 

Four months later we emigrated to our new home - in Florida.

I have lost count of the times that I have stated my wholehearted opposition to a course of action only to find that in a very short space of time I am happily doing whatever it was that I was so against. It's as if by uttering these ridiculous statements I am throwing down the gauntlet to a Higher Power. Obviously these situations can't all be co-incidences. No, it's irrefutable proof that there is a God and he is determined to prove to me that I am not calling the shots.

It's a shame I'm such a slow learner. Sometime last year I stupidly wrote a blog declaring that I would NEVER own a Kindle or even lower myself to reading a book electronically. I was puffed up with my self-righteous dedication to words in real print on paper and everything that tangible hard copies of books stand for. Obviously it's now extremely humiliating to admit that I currently have a huge library of books on my iPad and love all the added features I get when reading this way.

I'm constantly stating that I will NEVER again get into a car with my husband and of course each time I say it a situation immediately arises where I have to do just that. Yesterday for instance we had to go to a meeting together and it was too far away to justify taking two cars. What is INCREDIBLE is that we actually managed to get there and back without getting lost or fighting. It's probably because we are uber-bonded right now due to the fact that we are being dispatched to The War Zone (aka VLD Asia) to help put together a presentation in four weeks that should take eight.

Obviously it's entirely my fault that we were summoned because only a week ago I stated most forcefully that I would rather drip white hot mercury into my eyeballs than fly to Hong Kong and be put into such a stressful situation and I would NEVER agree to do it at such short notice.

We arrived today.

Normally Mufasa (being older and wiser) does not make these emotive, challenging statements he is my alter ego;  a cool, laid back go-with-the flow enlightened soul. However twenty minutes after landing he threw a tantrum when I suggested we change some US dollars at the airport Travelex, saying "Everyone knows you NEVER change money at the airport the exchange rate is terrible." We had a huge, embarrassing public argument (which fortunately no-one could understand as they were all Chinese) and then (totally un-bonded) we marched off to meet the driver who was picking us up. At this point I was so furious I had decided I wouldn't speak to my husband for a MONTH, or for at least as long as it took him to realize how inconvenient it was going to be to have absolutely NO local currency ON A FRIDAY at 8pm. Much to my great satisfaction this only turned out to be about six minutes when he realized that we had no money to tip the driver! At that point he was so contrite and apologetic that I was more than happy to forgive him. Hopefully he has learned the golden rule....... NEVER say never.


 

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