Am I psycic? I don't think so, I don't really believe in that stuff, but you've got to wonder every now and then when that old intuition comes along and niggles you about something, and then....something similar to what you were thinking, happens.
Yesterday morning I woke up, and after a few minutes, I had the thought, "It's Memorial Day weekend, I wonder what's going to happen in this family this year." I'm not a doom and gloom sort of person. In fact, I've actually been told that I'm 'an extreme optomist', a "Pollyanna" one who 'looks at life through rose-colored glasses." I guess that's the way I appear to others. I do try to keep a positive outlook, but at the same time, I'm a realist.
My question was prompted by the fact that we have had two deaths in the family on two different Memorial Day weekends. I'm not superstitious so I really wasn't expecting anything unusual, other than a visit from the kids. If you've read yesterday's entry, you know what happened. If you haven't read it, you'll have to do so, in order to find out what happened!
Over the years I've had other experiences where I've had 'a feeling' that I couldn't shake. Once was when we were packing our VW van with three little kids and stuff for a Thanksgiving trip to Ohio. I had the strong feeling that we shouldn't go. We'd been invited by a friend to join them for the holiday dinner, where he was living with his future inlaws. The first thing that happened on that trip was that we ran into a horrendous snow storm. We made it to the house, and were greeted by our friend's future mother in law, but it wasn't at all friendly or welcoming. It made me wonder if the poor woman had even been consulted about a family of five coming for a visit!
The first night we were there was extremely uncomfortable and tense. We went early to our room, which we shared with all of our babies. During the night, one of the children developed a cough. I thought it was due to the high and dry heat. She showed no signs of being sick. The next morning at breakfast we were informed, with icy words, that the coughing kept the lady of the house awake 'all night', and that we should take that child to the doctor. I assured her that the baby wasn't sick, and she picked up the phone and made an appointment for her doctor. After some private conversation with my husband, we made the decision to pack up and go back home. We were obviously in a situation where we not welcome and definitely uncomfortable.
The trip home, without going to the doctor, by the way, gave us an unexpected surprise. We stopped for gas where the man filling our tank noticed that we had a tire with it's threads showing through. After a check of the other tires, it was determined that we needed two new ones. We purchased those, and went on to complete our trip without incident. Had we not stopped at that place, I don't want to think about what might have happened with those bad treads! It was a Thanksgiving holiday without family, without friends, without even a turkey dinner!
When I get those 'feelings', I give them some thought. It doesn't always change my plans, but sometimes I guess it should! Have you ever had those moments of 'intuition' ?