What Are You Willing to Risk?

August 19, 2019

"A false sense of security is the only kind there is."  Local bard David Whyte said this, and it knocked a dent in my if I'm good everything will be all right mentality.  Here is some of the week's risky business.


I canned peaches and apricots.  Lifting 30-pound canning pots filled with boiling water and glass jars, the delicious it-might-explode-whew-it-didn't emotional arc.


When I pulled the apricot jam out of the boiling water, one jar hadn't sealed.  Sometimes the jars seal up just fine in a few hours, but I didn't want to take that chance.  I pulled the lid off right away and ate warm jam with vanilla ice cream. This is perhaps its own kind of health risk.

Higher stakes happened when giving a visiting child a ride on Duke.  Dad stepped back from securing her to take a picture, and I heard a sack-of-potatoes thump as the kid hit the grass.  Wails ensued.  She had a helmet on (horseback Rule #1 here) but I also had the wind knocked out of my sails.  Besides the dreadful fact of causing a small child to cry, in a litigious society, I know I'm one incident away from potentially losing the farm.  "She's fine, just surprised and embarrassed," said Dad.  So am I.  But if I don't give pony rides, what's the use of having ponies?  


What are the biggest risks in your life?  Do they feel worth it?  I'll contemplate my false sense of security while I eat some more jam.

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