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  Now It's What if?
by Walt Hardester
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The small tree on the right corner saved my nephew's life and Ruined my day by trapping my foot.

The accident doesn’t haunt me anymore,
Just the “What if’s”?
What if we'd gone back for a raft?
What if we'd stopped to pee?
What if ten seconds either way would have made a difference?

But it didn’t.
Now how am I suposed to feel?
I know the standard answers, Lucky, Blessed, Angels, Yada Yada.
But still "What If?"

©2011 Walt Hardester


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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/25/2011
Thanks for sharing this, Walt. I think we can all relate, and those memories come forth. Well done.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/19/2011
I asked all of the same questions following my accident last April. Five seconds either way and I would have avoided it. Although, five-hundredths of a seconds sooner and I probably would not be here. My head came within an inch of a fatal blow! Be thankful it turned out the way it did. You are still here and so is everyone else involved. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/18/2011
yeah, i know what you means-what ifs always haunt--i hope you are doing better, my thoughts are with you
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/17/2011
Thank goodness that "what ifs" are temporary.Take a deep breath. The sky is still blue and you can hear your own heartbeat. That's a GREAT feeling!

Reviewed by D Johnson 6/16/2011
If I had a nickle for all of my What If's, of life, I wouldn't have to ask What If? Nice write...

Reviewed by Donna Chandler 6/16/2011
I believe in guardian angels and it sounds as if your nephew put his to work that day. We need to be thankful for our blessing, even our narrow escape blessings. :)

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/16/2011 good to know you are second sooner or later coulda been the fatal one...Thank GOD you are still kinda ok...hope your foot is ok...but "WHAT IF" was was on your side this time!!

Take care dear ya!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/15/2011
Things are the way they are meant to be and we can't change that Walt. Great write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 6/15/2011
Sometimes no matter wot ppl say, or cliches used to comfort us, we still go "what if" I think we have to run over it in our minds, somehow helps to put in perspective! Glad you and yours are all ok, :)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/15/2011
We live for the present and have to learn from the past but then move on....glad your nephew is okay.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/15/2011
At times like this we always wonder, “what if?” I don't know the full story, but it seems the heart wrenching.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/15/2011
I'd say you should feel thankful your nephew's life was saved...another one of your days ruined you can live with, but not without your nephew...e

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