Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree .
The washing machine repairman held up the hose and shook his head. â€œThis shouldnâ€™t have come off night before last,â€ he said. â€œThis should have come off a long time ago.â€ He indicated the condition of the hose and the clamp that wasnâ€™t properly tightened. â€œI donâ€™t know why it waited until now.â€
â€œTiming,â€ 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.