Have you ever had anything really weird happen that didn’t seem to have a logical explanation? I had an experience like that last summer.
My husband had gone to buy some paint. There is some identifying difference that always distinguishes the sound of our car from the rest of the traffic going past, and around mid-morning I heard the familiar sound of our car approaching but still some distance up the road.
It was a very warm day and all the windows were open, so I could hear the engine slow as the car approached and turned into our driveway. I heard the engine stop and the sound of the car door being opened and then slammed shut, and a few seconds later the squeaking of the gate as it was opened… then my husband’s footsteps as he walked up the stone path.
These were all familiar sounds that I have heard hundreds of times.
I heard my husband start up the steps to the porch, the sound of something heavy hitting one of the steps, and my husband’s voice (he sounded angry)… then silence. By this time I was at the door… to my surprise my husband was nowhere in sight. And even more surprising, there was no car in the driveway.
Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
As I stood there wondering what had just happened, once again I heard the distant sound of our car coming down the road.
I watched as our car slowed, turned into the driveway, and stopped.
I watched as my husband opened and slammed the car door, opened the squeaky gate, walked up the stone path, and then started up the steps to the back porch with a gallon of paint in each hand.
I watched as he stepped onto the third step and as the handle on one of the paint cans came loose… and I watched as the can hit the step with a loud thud and broke open, spraying paint all over the steps and my husband’s shoes and legs.
And I listened to my husband’s angry voice as he made a few appropriate comments.
It wasn’t just me… there were two other adults here that morning. We all heard the same sequence of sounds… and we all heard them twice. I know there must be a logical explanation.
I just don’t know what it would be.