Paranoia the destroyer

The CFO calls me a pessimist… I say I am a realist.  Yes, I have an uncanny ability to suck the fun out of a room.  “Oh yes, that is fun but have you thought about….”  But some times stuff just happens.  Why, The Fall.  Don’t just blame Eve, Adam was there too.

So Saturday was a day of Birthday parties.  We had two on the docket.  Both were with close friends and we were looking forward to them.  Not that we don’t look forward to Birthday parties but some are more worth the beating that is a party than others:)  So there I was at the second one when BOOM!  I look over to see that a section of a movable wall has fallen over.  Tunnel vision kicks in now so this might be all wrong but I remember getting up and asking the kids staring at it “is there a kid under there?”  I get a “uh-hu.”  I lift it to see an young girl laying unconscious on the floor….  Long story short she is OK after the excellent care from three Doctors that were at the party, a ride with our local Fire Department, a night in the hospital and A LOT of praying.

I am not sure why this is haunting me so, except for the fact that it could have turned out very differently.  No one was at “fault,” stuff happens.  Why?  The Fall!  So I am now fighting a bit of… well… preparedness (paranoia and pride).  If you or I need it, I want to have it.  If it happens, I want to have a plan on how to deal with it.  The CFO and I did talk through a few “what ifs” the night after but I still need to find my new comfort zone.  I do not want to be the crazy Dad that wakes everyone up at night several times a month running drills (fire, burglary, zombies, etc….) 🙂  But I also don’t want to be the guy saying “yeah, I thought about preparing for it but I was too busy playing Battlefield 3.”

I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
E. V. Lucas
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
Alexander Graham Bell


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