Writer’s Workshop: Timing Is Everything

It’s been raining a lot here in Atlanta the last few days, and it looks like we’re going to get more rain through the weekend and into next week. Having lived through a couple of droughts since we moved here 30 years ago, I’ve learned to see rain as a gift from God. Not that it’s always especially well-timed, though.

Today, for example. I had my last official therapy appointment with my lymphedema specialist. It rained pretty much nonstop until we left for the appointment, and by the time we got there it was overcast and threatening but not raining. When my appointment was over, Mary and I went to lunch, and it was bright enough to need sunglasses. When we came out of the restaurant, the clouds were starting to look dark and threatening again, but Mary decided to go to the store and pick up a couple of things.

I no longer accompany her into the store, because my knees are bad, so when I go with her she leaves me in the car, kind of like a dog. (I have to promise her I won’t bark at anyone.) Before going in, she opened the windows so I wouldn’t suffocate (Mary is thoughtful that way), and walked into the store. And it started to pour. The rain came in through the open windows and I got soaked, because she didn’t leave me the keys to turn the car on so I could close the windows. So I just had to sit there and get wet.

Naturally, when she got back, the rain had stopped.

15 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Timing Is Everything

  1. When you wake up in the morning, and the lighters hurt your head
    The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
    Is hit the streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
    And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses…

    ZZ Top

    They fix everything… well, most things.


    1. “Cheap sunglasses” was the theme for a Friday afternoon party with my old company, which I was unable to attend because I was in a classroom, training what might have been the least computer-literate people I have encountered in my 30-year career in IT. What made it worse was that the party, loud music and all, was going on right outside the windows of my classroom. I gave my manager a piece of my mind about that, and she said she’d talk to someone. Whether or not she did, I can’t say, but it was the last time I was scheduled to teach on days they had plans for a party.

      As for cheap sunglasses themselves, we buy the HD Vision sunglasses in bulk, and go through a couple of pairs apiece over the course of a year. $10 a pair, and they fit over our regular glasses. When they fall apart, we just open a new pair. In comparison, the clip-ons that came with my glasses cost $50 and fell apart within six months.


  2. Hi John – oh how funny … can quite see it happening – and on top of that Mary was obviously worried about you running away!! As you wrote the post … I guess you’re all dried out and recovered. I guess Mary got soaked getting to the car … have a good weekend – cheers Hilary


    1. I can’t do much running these days. 😉 As for Mary, it started raining when she got into the store and stopped shortly before she came out. Her first question was “Did it rain?”


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