This morning was a sleep-in day. Hallelujah! While dozing past our usual bounce-out-of-bed time, we heard a clunk from above.
“What was that?” asked my husband.
Later, when we stood outside our car ready to run errands, a Pacific Gas and Electric worker approached us from his truck parked in front of our house.
“A problem?” I asked.
“You had a meter leak. I fixed it,” he said.
I thanked him. He nodded.
“It was small,” he added, before hopping into his truck and driving away through the neighborhood.
My husband said, “Wow. I worked over there in the yard just yesterday and I never smelled a gas leak at all.”
“Bob,” I reminded him. “You couldn’t smell a fire if it raged next door. How could you smell gas?”
“Maybe,” he admitted.
“Face it,” I said. “Your sniffer is off.”
“Humph,” he said in mock dismay.
As we pulled out of our driveway, we noticed the PG&E worker stopping at another house.
“I think they’re being very careful after the accident,” said Bob, referring to the horrendous gas explosion in San Bruno last fall, which caused many deaths and destroyed a complete neighborhood.
“They SHOULD be,” I said.
Unfortunately, it took a high cost to become preventive now.
1. Rewrite your history. What if . . . is a game we all play in life and in writing. What if a turn of events DIDN’T happen? What if a turn of events DID? In world history, there is always a WHAT IF. Which WHAT IF do you WISH had occurred? What WHAT IF do you wish hadn’t? Write scenes as though they had and hadn’t occurred.
2. Show a preventive scene in your writing project that foreshadows an upcoming disaster. It doesn’t have to be a physical disaster – – it can be an emotional one. (Example: a break-up could be foreshadowed by a small rude or annoying behavior, or a tell-tale sign of infidelity)
3. Write the climatic scene of the break-up or the disaster in your book or story.
4. Write a poem of an image or scene in your life you would have liked to have had preventive knowledge.
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