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Thursday, July 25, 2013

And Then the Bottom Falls Out

Earlier this week I read a story about a woman in Texas who fell out of an amusement park ride and was killed.  Seems she may or may not have been properly secured.  A child or children may have been riding with her.

I imagine they started out thinking things were fine.  Maybe it was a hot day and they waited a long time in line and things were a little unpleasant, but they were willing to stick it out.  I imagine they were relieved and a little excited when they reached the head of the line and it was, finally, their turn to enjoy some of the fun.  I imagine they had no idea that a few bad decisions would be life altering.

And then she fell.

I wonder what she thought.  Was she hoping to survive?  Did she know she was done for?  Did she think of the people she left behind?  Or did some stray bit of ephemera float across her mind, the phone bill or whether she turned off the coffee pot?

How quickly things change.  One weathers rough seas, make the best of things, endures, struggles, exults, patiently waits, works towards change...and then...the bottom drops out...

1 comment:

Michelle Roebuck said...

Just like the story from a few days ago - a 5-months pregnant woman and her friend (and a dog) got lost while hiking in the woods, were rescued by a kind person, and driven back to their vehicle... Only to get turned around later the same day in a fog and drive off a boat ramp into a lake, become trapped in their van and perish. Sometimes, you just can't see far enough ahead to even imagine where you might be going.