Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree .

The washing machine repairman held up the hose and shook his head. “This shouldn’t have come off night before last,” he said. “This should have come off a long time ago.” He indicated the condition of the hose and the clamp that wasn’t properly tightened. “I don’t know why it waited until now.”

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“Timing,” I told him.

Yes, any other time, any other moment in time, that it might have come loose other than when it did, and the situation would have caused around $20,000 in damage or more and meant our house would be uninhabitable for at least a few weeks and some invaluable items would have been destroyed, including the bottom shelf of my rare book collection.

Yeah. Timing.