I wrote a post quite some time ago about things my father says. Yesterday I was trying to humorously quote my dad, and I completely bungled up the wording.
I was saying, which comes first, “happenstance? Circumstance?” I simply couldn’t get it right.
So, I turned to google at that moment. I still couldn’t find my dad’s statement, but found a similar one from Ian Fleming:
“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.”
Close, but not quite.
This morning, I had the chance to talk to my dad, and ask him.
He walked me through it.
“Once is happenstance.” Which he kindly translated as “sh** happens.”
“Twice is circumstance.” Translated, this roughly means that the first thing happened and you are moving on, but sometimes things will still go wrong.
“Third time is enemy action.”
So how this ties into my previous blog is in my dad’s oft-repeated statement, “That’s one.”
I am my father’s daughter.
“Once is happenstance. Twice is circumstance. Third time is enemy action.”
Blessings to you all…