Life isn’t fair.
That was my original post for today.
My original post was about me reading books my whole life. Authors are my heroes. They pull me in with words, like magic. They keep me up at night and I never want to let them go. I wonder what kind of world lives in their heads. Other than a few local authors, I’ve never met my favorite authors.
Scott reads one damn book since college and a few days later, by coincidence, he meets the author.
Scott rolled through the library’s book drop, returned the book, headed to the airport, arrived in Florida, sat through a few sales meetings, showed up for the inspirational speaker tonight and Robert O’Neill walks out.
Robert O’Neill is the author of the book Scott read.
Scott met the man who killed Osama bin Laden.
And that was where my blog post was supposed to end. Scott reads a book – he meets the author. I read 1,000 books – I meet two authors. Life isn’t fair, in my egocentric point of view.
But sometimes my blog is its own creature. It weaves through my life, repeating itself, giving me lessons and sometimes, even a theme shows up. My day – my blog post – decided it wasn’t over.
I heard the words life isn’t fair one more time today.
I asked Emma and Kate if they knew who Osama bin Laden was.
Emma: Maybe. His name sounds familiar.
Me: Osama bin Laden was the guy that planned 9/11. He was a terrorist. He was the reason why two planes hit the Twin Towers in New York and another plane hit the Pentagon and another plane crashed in a field. Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.
Emma: He was?
Me: I believe an American woman found where he was hiding but a group of men on the SEALS team went in to kill him. Daddy met the guy who shot Osama bin Laden. Here’s the picture daddy sent. His name is Robert O’Neill.
Emma: So wait, that guy with dad – is he good or bad?
Kate: He’s a good guy, Emma.
Emma: But shouldn’t he be in trouble for killing a person? Shouldn’t he be in jail?
Kate: Pssh, no. That Osama guy needs to be dead.
Me: He didn’t get in trouble because he had orders from President Obama to kill Osama bin Laden. He was doing his job, a very dangerous job. The President wanted Osama bin Laden dead because he was still a big threat to America.
Emma: Ohhh. Ok.
Kate: All those people died on the airplanes. Still not fair.
Me: No, it’s not fair. But Robert O’Neill probably saved others before Osama bin Laden got to them.
Kate: And now he’s got his arm around daddy.
And don’t forget to buy my book, “But Did You Die?”