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Do you perform well in emergencies? I’ve flattered myself that I do handle myself well when things go wrong.

After all, I just completed my senior 1st aid recertification last weekend. It’s a course that heightens your state of readiness for all kinds of disasters that can happen – especially living in the country.

I certainly didn’t expect what happened this evening, and worse, I didn’t expect to be as shaken by it as I was. Actually, I can still feel the impact hours later.

It was getting to be dinner time and I started to prepare a roast chicken and vegetables dinner. I got the oven hot to start with to brown the chicken, and took a phone call. While I was talking, I heard an explosive noise and realised the inside glass door on the oven had shattered and somehow shot glass into the kitchen/dining area.

Fortunately the door was double glass and the broken bits were mainly still contained in the oven. There was no immediate danger but the sudden shock of the experience, something that I couldn’t figure out at all, sent me into a tailspin. I had to enlist Daniel and Maarit to help sweep up the mess, and I slunk off to lie down and recover.

Even then, it took about 20 minutes to get myself relaxed enough to figure out how to I was going to cope with getting dinner together. Thank goodness for helpers, barbecues, and a medicinal gin and tonic.

Be Prepared: the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
Robert Baden-Powell