(photo I took when in Switzerland)
Jenna and her little boy were sitting by the lake watching the swans swim around when they heard sirens coming down the street.
“Mommy, look! A police car is coming!” shouted Trevor as he jumped to his feet, forgetting the sandwich he had been eating, which was now lying on the ground.
The police car squealed to a stop right in front of the lake and 2 men got out, running up to the lake. They saw the boat in the distance and waved their arms wildly around.
“Mommy, what are they doing?”
“I am not sure honey, ” Jenna replied, as she continued to watch the 2 men.
“I told you to drive faster! This is all your fault!” said the one man, as he punched the other guy in the shoulder.
“My fault! Who had to stop for coffee and donuts on the way?” the man replied, returning the punch to his buddy.
“Well genius, just what should we do now? We are supposed to be on that boat!”
The 2 men stood in silence for awhile as they kept smacking their foreheads, helping themselves to think.
Trevor was having fun watching them, it was free entertainment. Reminded him of the old comedy act his parents watched sometimes. Laurel and Hardy.
At last, one of them spoke and gave his buddy a nudge.
The nudge must must have been a little too hard, for it made his friend stumble and …. SPLASH!!
Trevor burst out laughing, “Mommy, did you see? That man fell into the lake!”
The big splash startled the swans, and they were not happy being disturbed on a peaceful afternoon. Two of the swans started swimming towards the man.
The man saw the swans coming and he tried to swim fast, but they were faster. “Oww!!”, he first felt one peck on his leg and than another.
Trevor was wide eyed now! This was better than television any day!
The man had finally managed to climb out of the lake but the swans followed him on land. Oh what fun Trevor was having watching the swans chase the man. They were going around in circles. His buddy was standing there not quite sure what to do when , “Oww!” Trevor heard the man’s cry. A swan had now turned his attention to him. Both men were going around in circles and Trevor was holding his stomach because of laughing so hard.
At last the swans got tired of chasing the silly men and with a couple more squawks they turned back to the lake to continue swimming.
The men didn’t say a word as they looked at each other, shaking their heads! What a day it had been. Slowly they walked back to their car, their minds were still consumed with what had just happened. Unfortunately they weren’t paying attention to where they were going.
Trevor gasped, “Look Out!!” he cried to the funny men, but it was too late, they fell!
First one fell into the hole and then his friend came tumbling after, right on top of him.
“Oomph!” his friend said as he landed on him.
Trevor ran to the hole. “Are you guys okay?” Trevor asked, as he peered down into the deep hole.
“Yes!” said the one man, ” We will be fine, I think we can crawl out.”
“Do you need a shovel? I can run home and get my shovel for you.” said Trevor.
“Thank you, that is very kind, but we won’t need it.”
“Okay,” said Trevor, “Well, good luck! I gotta go,” and he turned around grabbing his Mommy’s hand. Then he stopped and turned back to the guys in the hole.
“Can I ask you both a question?”
“Sure!” they replied, thinking how Trevor seemed like a sweet boy.
“Have you guys ever seen Laurel and Hardy? I think you guys are even funnier than they are!”
The men weren’t sure how to reply to that. They didn’t have to worry, for Trevor was already walking away.
They had to smile even though they were sitting in a deep hole, for what else could they do. The one French phrase that they had managed to learn in school came to their mind as they sat there.
“C est la vie!” they said to each other. “It is what it is!”
They knew that tomorrow would be another day!