I couldn't breathe. "They're dead," I thought just as the leaves parted and both children ran out from underneath the mammoth branch.
They thought it was great fun.
The tree branch dented the top of the metal bar which had actually prevented it from falling directly on top of the children. All I could think of was, "I cannot protect them. No matter what I do. No matter what decisions I make, I cannot guarantee their safety." Which was absolutely accurate. Though I tried as I watched them enter each stage of life.
"Be careful driving!" I'd yell as they grew to adults but it was more of an obsessive superstition than actual advice. If they left and I'd forgotten to say it? Oh woe is me! The agony until they arrived back safely.
So my youth is behind me now and there are decisions still to be made. But there remains no time at all to correct the results if they happen to be obliterated by falling tree branches. To retire or not to retire: That is the question. But what is the answer?
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