Is it fair to blame Murphy?
Murphy’s law came into effect for me twice this week.
The first one was on Saturday. The Girl had lost her uniform shoes at school. They were missing for several days. The teacher suspected one of the other girls had hidden them inside the classroom, but they were nowhere to be found.
So we gave up and bought some more. The second (truly!) we took off the tags and wrote The Girl’s name inside them, her teacher called us at home. “Found them!!” she said. “Of course you did!” I said. “Because we just bought new ones, took off the tags and named them!”
This event was especially funny because we had only just seen that episode of “The Middle” where a universal remote was purchased to replace one that went missing “and once I open it, it is completely unrefundable!” and of course, was found the second the new remote was opened.
The second time was 3am Sunday morning. It was funny in a funny-weird (not funny-haha) kind of way. I woke up to that infamous “chirp” from a dead smoke alarm battery. And before I looked at the clock or even opened my eyes I thought to myself “Figures. Why is it that smoke alarms always run out of battery at 3am?” Then I looked at the clock and was not surprised to discover it was 3:17am.
All this got me thinking about Murphy’s Law, which for the record, states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” But really, in my above two examples, it didn’t really go “wrong” as it were. Not badly, at any rate. Inconvenient? Absolutely.
Which also made me think of the common thing people say… “Blame Murphy!” because it’s his law, after all. But is it fair to blame Murphy for putting a name to what seems to be a basic law of nature?
After all, he just called it like it is. His own law was probably just as effective on him.
Had any Murphy’s Law events in your life lately?