Do you know the story of the death of Isadora Duncan? She was an American dancer born in 1877 who died tragically in Nice, France in 1927 when her scarf became entangled in the wheel and axle of the car that she was riding in. It’s a rather gruesome story and I can not even begin to imagine the scene.
Fast forward to 2022. A sunny morning in the mountains of Western North Carolina where a woman is quickly vacuuming the rugs where there are remnants of kitty litter and kitty kibble making their appearance as they do daily. Husband obliviously is making coffee as a loose string from said woman’s scarf finds its way into the roller bar of the upright vacuum cleaner. YIKES!
My saving grace was that the scarf was very loosely wrapped around my neck AND the vacuum roller bars were clogged with cat fur. A Siberian cat is good for clogging up vacuum cleaners. My quick reaction time to shut off the vacuum and extricate myself from a tricky Isadora Duncan type situation was successful and Chris stood there just looking at me. Smile. We mused that that would be a very difficult phone call to make to the children.
It really wasn’t that close of a call but it did give me a precedent for going forward. NO scarf wearing while vacuuming. Never again.
Later that day I had a grocery store pickup to do and other errands and appointments to keep. Not wanting to make yet another trip into town I decided to just chill out in my car listening to an audio book while I waited for my shopper to shop. Since they had already started shopping I felt like it would not be that long before my order was ready so why not? Time passed and I honestly did not pay attention since I was listening to a book.
The magical text appeared that my order was ready and guess what? My car battery was dead. I had the car on Auxillary while I waited so I could listen to the book through my car speakers and upon reflection I had been sitting there over an hour. With a battery that probably needs replaced. Sigh. So I called Mr. Diamond who came to resuscitate my car back to life and I picked up my order.
Some days just don’t go as planned. Things that happened on this particular day reminded me once again that I live a pretty sweet life. I have a vacuum that works, a beautiful house to live in and maintain, a reliable car and money to order groceries when we need them. I also have a reliable husband who will bail me out of whatever scrapes I find myself in. The day that these things happened I realized once again that there will be days like this and fortunately they are not every day.
So take my advice today – don’t vacuum while wearing a scarf and don’t use the axillary function on your car for too long unless you want to wear your battery down.
This is the last day to Comment for a Cause for our current Cause – Mountain Laurel Animal Rescue. Tomorrow I will share our donation amount and our new cause so make sure to pop back over.