We had crazy storms here this afternoon. As the strongest of these was moving through, I decided it might be a good idea to pull my car out of the garage so I could get to all the afternoon and evening activities if we lost power, which happens regularly in these backward and benighted parts.
I was standing at the door that opens from my laundry room into the garage, keys in hand to move the car out, and stopped for a second, my eye caught by the swirling, bucketing rain outside the open garage door. In the next instant, I watched with horror as the wind brought the kids' full-sized metal basketball hoop crashing down onto the very spot where my car would have been 30 seconds later! Note to self: time to put the basketball hoop somewhere else on the driveway.
I mentioned this on Facebook, and a friend commented that the car had indeed had a close call, but so had I! That hadn't occurred to me until she brought it up: she was right, of course. A very lucky day for me, indeed...should have stopped to buy a lottery ticket when I went out afterward.