Huh?

10,000 Spoons

…When all you need is a knife might not be ironic, but it is unfortunate. Add your own verse, stanza, or story of badly-timed annoyance to Alanis Morissette’s classic.

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Um.  Okay, I’ve heard of Morissette, but I know absolutely nothing about her music,  so I had to click on the link to educate myself.

Lyrics

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought, it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole  life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well, isn’t this nice.”
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought, it figures

Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think
A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought, it figures

Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny way of helping you out
Helping you out.

After reading these soul-defeating lyrics,  I feel no poetic urge whatsoever. I don’t want to add pessimism to irony, so here’ s a positive story for you.

A couple of weeks ago I had people help me not once, but twice, in the same day–random acts of kindness.

That same week, on our way to church on Sunday morning, we both heard an unsettling noise from the left rear of the car. We pulled over and Terry got out to see what was what.  Loose lug nuts, I think, although I could be wrong.  In any case, he got his handy dandy little fixer tool and was busily checking all the tires when a pickup truck pulled in behind us.  A big old guy in shorts (It’s December!) and flannel shirt, big bushy beard and backward baseball cap lumbers up to Terry.  Made me a bit nervous, but watching in the rear view mirror, I could see in a second that all was well. They talked, shook hands, and the pickup guy took off.

When Terry got back in the car, he said, “That guy was behind us when we pulled over, but he got past us before he could stop; he went all the way around the clover leaf and came back here just to make sure we were okay. Really nice guy.  He would have taken care of the tires, but I’d already finished.  I invited him to church.  You just never know.”

See, life isn’t always full of negative irony.  Sometimes it gives us pleasant and unexpected surprises.  You may think that all you need is a knife when the truth is that you just need a friend.

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6 thoughts on “Huh?

    1. I guess so, but I needed an upper this morning. I know there have been times when things have gone opposite of what I hoped for, but I honestly couldn’t think of anything creative to say about that 🙂

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