The Norman Transcript


October 4, 2013

We are always in a hurry



We can take “being in a hurry” and the sometimes almost predictable accident and apply them to situations other than driving.

For example, when Hubby was just a lad, he admired Superman. Consequently, it was a natural leap in the young lad’s mind to emulate his hero. How? He tied one of his mother’s dish towels around his neck. Viola! It became superman’s cape and that meant that he too could fly. So, the young version of Hubby climbed on the roof of their house and jumped, fully expecting to fly. Was he surprised. He was also lucky that no bones were broken during this childhood experiment. Of course, he was more concerned and disappointed to learn that he could not fly. Did we mention that his mother was upset.

Needless to say, we can excuse or at least explain this mishap as the normal behavior of a young and imaginative child. But that does not explain similar unthinking behavior on the part of adults.

Almost anything we do in haste can and often does result in a little or a lot of blood flow, pain and perhaps even an unplanned trip to the emergency room.

When someone uses a box cutter or knife and cuts the box or food toward his or her hand or stomach, more often than not, blood will flow. What about someone slicing vegetables on a food slicer without the protective barrier used to push the food along? Unfortunately, as our adult son discovered, careless slicing can result in a shortened fingertip.

Acting impulsively (another word for hastily) can result in unforeseen consequences as did Alice of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” fame. She saw a large, flustered white rabbit looking at his watch saying, “Oh dear. Oh dear. I shall be too late.” What does little Alice do? She follows the rabbit and falls down a hole.

Lewis Carroll’s apropos quotation could also be taken as a warning.

“The hurrier I go the behinder I get.”

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on Visit her website,

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