If you read my “Lessons from high school English” below, you know how much I loved English. It was there that I learned about foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is a story element that hints at something later in the story. Many times, it’s such a subtle hint that you may not realize it until later. The movie Sixth Sense may contain some of the best examples of foreshadowing I’ve seen in a long time.

But here’s a pictorial representation of foreshadowing in the Noble home…
Don’t get it?

Well, anytime I look out our front windows and see our van parked in the front lawn and it’s door is up like that, I know immediately several things. It’s because of foreshadowing. Here are the conclusions I derive from this subtle image…
1. Carolyn has been to Wal-Mart.
2. She has just bought one of everything from the carrot section to the coffee section.
3. It took 4.6 stock boys to get everything out of her 2.3 shopping carts into our minivan.
4. She expects me to drop everything and come unload the minivan without the help of the aforementioned 4.6 stock boys.
5. The minivan will sit in such location until I motivate myself (and have myself motivated) to extract its contents.
6. Our neighbors know exactly what’s going on and enjoy betting on the time delay between the back door going up and my appearance.
7. Trying to slip out the back door for an “appointment” is NOT a valid excuse for neglecting the minivan and its contents.
8. The length of the delay between the van door going up and my appearance in the front yard is directly proportional to the rise and fall of my spousal approval rating.
9. We are now broke for a week.
10. Dead people are not going to help me unload the groceries, even if I see them and communicate with them.

So… try to identify foreshadowing in your life… I’d be interested in hearing from you.

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