Just Saying…

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Growing up, my family received the unofficial title of the “late comers.” Every family barbecue or birthday we always arrived late.  For my grandma’s birthday my mom made the conscious effort to arrive on time, trying to shake the title that our good-natured family granted us. However, her efforts went too far, as we arrived to an empty restaurant and realized that the one time we came early, no one else was there.  In the vacant room in Maggiano’s, I heard my mom say “Murphy’s Law” for the first time.  I thought, “who is Murphy and what could he have possibly done to have his own law.” Well, according to dictionary.com, Murphy’s Law is not about an individual but rather a facetious proposition that if something can go wrong, it will.

Though timeliness does not plague me as it has my mom, Murphy’s Law has won in many of my day-to-day situations.  For instance, each night I brush up on the assigned English reading; however, the one time I forgot to do so, there was a pop quiz.  Who rules Geatland at the beginning of Beowulf?  All I have to show for that day in English is a 0/10 on the quiz.  (The answer is Hygelac, in case you were wondering).  Furthermore, I ordered my mom’s birthday present two weeks in advance; but of course, it came exactly one day too late. Additionally, I drive by Barnes & Noble every day and tell myself that I will stop Sunday to buy the book needed for class. However, when I go in Sunday at 7 p.m., I find that the store has no more copies and the nearest location that sells what I need is in Studio City.

Through my numerous run-ins with this ill-timed law, I have learned that there is no possible way to completely avoid it. Though it may seem like someone is out to get you, the mishaps that occur as a result of Murphy’s Law can make you smile or laugh and in the end; they are the memories that go down in scrapbooks.  So, the next time you see the train leaving the station without you, a taxi drive off with one of your valuables or an oral presentation which you thought you memorized goes completely wrong, seize the moment and embrace the inner spontaneity you never thought you possessed.  One failed attempt (or many, in my case) may lead to something more unexpected…I’m just saying.

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