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Monday Moment: When it rains, it pours

Emma Grey

Last week, a ‘Big Five’ publisher who’d taken my novel right through the formal acquisitions process, failed to leap the last approval hurdle and unfortunately will not, as had looked hopeful for the last three months, be buying world rights to the story and having the suggested summer release in the US.

It was pretty crushing after such enthusiasm from the editor. Another big publisher was also reading it though, so there was hope.

Twenty-four hours later, just as my car battery died at the school information night, stranding my teens and I in the dark, I checked my email while waiting for help, only to receive the second rejection in 24 hours. This one softened the blow by saying they’ll ‘probably kick themselves about this one day’.

Then yesterday, I was standing beside my decade-old fridge when the door fell off. Literally. It just fell right off, unprovoked, full of bottles and eggs etc. Thankfully I used to play Goal Keeper in the top netball team at school and the old defensive reflexes kicked in. I was able to intercept the fridge as it threw itself at me and prevent it from flattening my four-year-old.

So I just stood there, fridge door in hand, thinking, ‘This hasn’t been my week, really…’

Some weeks are like that. It’s where the saying ‘it never rains, but it pours’ comes from.

My daughter asked why ‘these things always happen to us’.

I said, ‘But they don’t. These things happen to everyone from time to time—we all have disappointments in our careers. We all have appliances break down on us.’

It would be easy to look at a string of mishaps and disappointments and think ‘the world is out to get me’. It isn’t.

A thousand unexpected dollars later, a new fridge is on its way. I’ll get the battery replaced this week and the book is now being shopped around other publishers.

While we were stranded outside the school, we saw a family walk past our car who only a few weeks ago lost their husband and father in a tragic accident. Despite their grief, each of them managed to smile.

This stuff—work stuff, appliance or car trouble—just happens. Sometimes it happens all at once.

What matters is the story we tell ourselves about it.

So here’s another one: Our family is safe. Two of the world’s biggest publishers have seriously considered my novel and more are keen to read it. I’ve had the longest-living car battery in my circle of car-owning acquaintances.

And today, we’re getting a beautiful new fridge! 

Feature image of woman holding umbrella in rain courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author

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