On Thursday, I went to cut the grass, in anticipation of visitors and the fact that it’s rained like Genesis lately and everything’s getting very long.
Instead, I got have a row, about fifteen feet done, before a piece of random metal got caught in my lawnmower and killed it dead.
This morning, I went to bake a hash brown casserole for my stepson and his wife, and that adorable little pixie of a granddaughter of ours, and my tempered glass casserole dish cracked. Not the whole thing. It wasn’t dropped.
Just, at some point in the baking process, the corner just kind of… fell off.
And out the egg and milk mixture went and burned to the bottom of the oven, stinking up the joint, ending the whole process and ruining two separate dishes.
I sometimes believe in synchronicity; events like this are the universe reminding me that I’m an idiot, and the face of order in existence only hides the chaos out of which it’s inevitably bred. We see patterns in the pandemonium; they exist in such multitudes as to make chaos inevitable, like a centrifuge filled with random junk and overclocked by half, about to spin off its axis and fling us all out toward destruction.
Being kind to oneself isn’t hopelessly romantic; it’s critical to our survival and any potential we have for joy.
Target: 1400 words
Written: 1303 words, novel: Father Lightning