Life is short, and you never know

I typed "life is short, and you never know" into Google, and it returned 5420 hits.  It's a popular sentiment, certainly not an original one, but one that hit me tonight.

I was over at Puddin's house, helping her put up Christmas decorations.  Our friend Hope was helping, and we were all having fun, laughing and joking and sitting around, when Hope's phone rang. It was her boyfriend, telling her that his dad had been in a motorcycle wreck and was taken to the local emergency trauma center.  Hope, understandably, went from giddy and happy to flat-out panic in seconds, and Puddin' and I sprang into concerned friend mode.  We made sure Hope was calm enough to drive, and we agreed to drive over to her boyfriend's job and explain to his boss what had happened. 

Just like that: from happy and goofy and screwing around, to full blown crisis.  Naturally, nobody knew how bad the dad's injuries were–a broken leg, or major head damage? Minor boo-boos, or lost limbs?–so we all assumed the worst. 

It turns out that he was riding without a helmet, but he ended up with just a broken arm and a broken leg.   He was lucky.   It could've been much worse.  Thank God our worst fears were unfounded.  And a few minutes before, we had been worried whether the stupid lighted inflatable Santa was set up correctly.  It goes to show, life…well, you know.

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4 Responses to “Life is short, and you never know”

  1. I'm glad he's basically OK, although accidents and injuries are not good,even when they're not bad, you know? The other side of this one is that those silly worries, the giddy goofy times can take on greater meaning, since the crappiness of life is all around us. BTW — I never heard the first part of the expression with the second — just "Life is short" as one thing — and "You never know" as another thing — meaning something good was around the corne!! Interesting. And you never know….

  2. Wow. He is lucky. Riding without a helmet is a pretty dumb thing to do. Maybe someone should get him one for Christmas.

  3. What a tragic but poignant reminder that we must always live in the moment. Each second is precious and important. I'm so glad he's (relatively) alright!

  4. Glad to hear he was okay. I can certainly relate to that story. It is so easy to forget what you have.

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