A Tree Fell On My House (No, Seriously)

A Tree Fell On My House (No, Seriously)

Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.

Holy crap did last week suck.

So it started innocently enough. WELL enough, even, I would say. Monday was fine. Tuesday was fine.

The first big goal of last week was to complete the read-through of Mystic, and we DID IT! We did it on Tuesday in the wee hours of the morning, in a five-and-a-half-hour stint of work from 1:00 in the morning to 6:30.

Then I slept for a long time, and then I started work on Weremage. The second major goal of last week was to wrap up editing that book.

I got ONE hour of work on Tuesday afternoon, and then I had an early night. You know, I’d stayed up most of the previous night, I figured I’d get up early Wednesday morning and dive right back into it.

Now, on Tuesday, Meghan got some dental work done. Very painful. She was feeling bad, so she went to bed early on Tuesday night, and I took care of the kids, made them dinner, the whole spiel. Just normal dad stuff.

But that was okay, because the next day they were going to be in school. Right? So she could spend a day, or two, if she needed to, resting and recuperating, and that would be no problem at all.

Well, except that on Tuesday night it started snowing, and it snowed HARD, harder than this area has seen in, like, quite a very long time, according to everyone we’ve talked to about it.

That snow did two things to really BADLY screw with us. First, it dumped hundreds of pounds of weight on a tree in our back yard, which then proceeded to fall and obliterate our back patio.

That happened at 5:22am, and it happened RIGHT outside our bedroom window, which, as you might imagine, woke us up REAL quick.

The second thing the snow did, was that our kids’ school closed for two days because the roads to approach the school, which is up on top of a mountain, were way too snowy and icy to drive safely.

So now, any one of these things would have been a minor annoyance on their own. But combined all together, they made last week kind of disastrous.

The kids were home. And normally the kids being home wouldn’t be such a problem, because when that happens, Meghan takes a day or two off of work to take care of them.

And she takes them out to do activities, which keeps the house nice and quiet so I can produce efficiently.

But Meg was recuperating from her dental work, so I had to take care of the kids for two days.

Which is fine. I’m more than capable of doing that, and I LIKE doing that, BUT.

We couldn’t go out and play in the back yard, because, you know, two-ton tree was kind of all over it, and the patio roof was hanging down just waiting to collapse, and the company couldn’t come out to remove it for a few days.

And on Wednesday I couldn’t really take them out to do other outdoor activities because Meg needed my help, and then on Thursday our car wouldn’t start because I guess the kids left a light on inside and I didn’t catch it?

And I thought we used to have jumper cables, but either we didn’t, or they were lost in the move from L.A., and it took a while to get them from our neighbor and get the car started and—


So. In summary. Last week kind of really sucked a whole lot.

When something goes wrong in my life, I have an immediate urge and tendency to try and figure out a way to FIX it with exclamation points, so that it never, ever happens again.

I want to find a way to PREVENT the same situation from happening. But sometimes, like in this case, that really isn’t possible.

If I am being personally unproductive for a reason I can fix, that’s one thing. But I can’t take steps to prevent snowstorms in the future. I can’t get rid of the trees in our back yard even if I wanted to, because we’re renting, and I don’t want to.

A lot of things in life can be fixed, can be prevented, and we can make incremental improvements to the general state of things in our lives.

But other things just happen. They come at us—or in my case, literally fall on us—out of nowhere, and the work we’d have to do to prevent all bad things from happening ever, would prevent a whole lot of good things from happening in the meanwhile.

So while it’s very valuable to develop a habit of constantly trying to improve and better our situation, maybe it’s also valuable—though maybe not AS valuable—to develop the ability to just withstand being blindsided, and to pick back up, and keep on keeping on as soon as we can.

On that note, today I’d like to recommend to you my friend Liz’s YouTube channel. She just recently made a video about this very thing titled “It Is What It Is.” You should check it out up there.

Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you on Friday. Byyye.

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.


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