On Wednesday I was all, “It can’t be the Christmas season yet, it’s still autumn, la la la!” I should not have written that, as it turns out.
I forgot about The Curse. And not the kind of curse that comes to visit every month because it’s wonderful being a girl. No, I’m talking about The Curse of the Internet. Yesterday I extolled the virtues of the internet, but today I’m going to expose its dark underbelly. Because in addition to providing any information you could want instantly, the internet is out to get you.
Do you doubt me? Less than 24 hours after hitting publish on my “it’s still autumn” post, I woke up to this:
It’s a flipping winter wonderland out there. In Vancouver. In November. It’s supposed to rain in November. And rain, and rain, and rain. We’re all supposed to get a little tired of it. But snow? Not so much. We might get a few snow days in January, or maybe December. But not November.
That smile I’m sporting is rather sheepish
I shouldn’t be surprised, though. The surest way to ensure that things don’t work out according to plan is to tell the internet about it. Your child’s toilet training is progressing fabulously? Don’t brag about it on Facebook, or they’ll refuse to use the potty for the next 4 weeks. Your toddler just started sleeping through the night? Do not, at any cost, tell Twitter all about it if you want it to continue. You also should not tell the internet that you’re picking up knitting faster than you ever expected to, or that your dinner is going to be awesome, or that it is far too early to think about winter.
I told you all about Bob, the little man inside the internet who makes sure that my posts go live at the correct time. Well, he has an evil twin named Bill. While Bob does his best to make life easier, Bill does his best to mess with your plans. If you tell him those plans, or let him know about your accomplishments, you’re asking for trouble. I’m not entirely sure why Bill does this, but I suspect he’s always been a little jealous of Bob. Their mom always liked him best.
Constantly hearing about how awesome Bob is would give anyone a complex. But it doesn’t really matter if that’s the reason, or there’s even more backstory I haven’t heard about. Because either way, Bill had his way with me, and with everyone who lives near me, by exacting The Curse of the Internet.
As much as I’m not impressed by the wintry weather, there is an upside. Maybe Bill knew about that – maybe he’s not all bad. Snow is awfully pretty. And my kids are ecstatic. Snow! Is! So! Much! Fun! For! Kids! And if you ask Hannah, it’s pretty delicious, too.
We’ll do our best to enjoy the snow while it lasts, and I’ll be more careful about what I post in the future. How about you? Have you ever been bitten by The Curse of the Internet? If so, I’d love to hear all about it!
PS – As you may know, I have started including a link-up with my monthly reviews. The reviews are an informal listing of a few things I learned in the past month. My November review will go live at 6am Pacific on Wednesday, December 1. If you want to play along, write a post on or before December 1, come here, and link up!