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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Life is Stranger Than You Know



I cannot tell you the details simply because I respect that my husband is a fiercely private man. But I can provide the basic facts as they intruded into my existence.
Only days ago, 4 a.m. looked like something out of a crime scene. I discovered my husband face down, unconscious in a pool of blood.
911
He was out cold. What had happened to him was a mystery. He only began to regain consciousness after ten minutes when the paramedics arrived.

Somehow, one just reacts as calmly as possible as though it's real but not quite believable. And although I leave out the most interesting of details for his sake, I will say that the only lasting injuries he came home from the hospital with were a broken nose and a concussion.

Such is life. Sometimes it changes instantly. For example, only 48 hours before, 4 a.m. looked quite different. We were on the Vancouver Harbor front as the sun was rising, waiting in line with Tabs for her Next star Audition. 48 hours later, he was lying face-down in a pool of blood.

The reality of the impermanence of life can be terrifying but I like to think of it as the opposite, that it can be thrilling. Thrilling in reverse. Instead of thinking, "Oh-no, I was on top of the world one day and the next, lying face-down in a pool of blood." I like to think, "Only yesterday I was face-down in a pool of blood but look at today, I'm lying on the beach in Bora Bora, about to go on a sailing adventure in the South Pacific." Both seem unfathomable as something that might happen out of the blue tomorrow, but I have learned that both situations can and do become instant and surreal realities. I am fortunate to have had the odd amazingly, wonderful opportunities seem to fall out of the sky. This keeps the odd horrific nightmares in perspective.

Here's to a little bit of wonderful falling out of the sky onto your lap one day.

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2 Comments:

Blogger The Drinkwaters said...

Whew...glad to hear his only lasting injuries are a concussion and broken nose.

May 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Thanks, he's almost as good as new :)

May 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

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