1853. Adriana, the pessimist
© Bruce Goodman 19 June 2020
It was a long weekend. Monday was a public holiday so everyone took Friday off as well. Adriana knew with the certitude of long experience that with everything shut for the weekend things in her life would go wrong. The freezer would die, the shower nozzle would jam, the dog’s ears would get infected, the internet would go down, young Charlie would trip and break a finger. All these “emergencies” cost twice the amount (or more) to get attended to on a long weekend.|
Yes, Adriana was what some people called a pessimist. Her friends urged her to take a more positive approach to life. “What if you looked on the bright side?” asked Hilda.
“You read too much and live in a world of fiction, Adriana,” said Ivan.
“Buck out of it, Adriana,” said Gwenda. “It’s negative, negative, negative.”
“I can’t help it,” said Adriana. “I just know during this long weekend that everything will go wrong. The freezer will die, the shower nozzle will jam, the dog’s ears will get infected, the internet will go down, young Charlie will trip and break a finger.”
But, miracle of miracles! None of this happened because Adriana was killed first thing in the morning in a car crash on the way to get milk from the corner shop.
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