There’s a bit of backstory, sorry about that.
So a) I had applied to law school and had yet to receive an acceptance. b) I had been working on this farm, where I did morning chores in exchange for rent on the farm cottage, and taught lessons for cash. Their summer camp would start in the 3rd week of June, so after that my chore job was ended. I asked them if they would take half rent for June, because I couldn’t pay the balance of the rent in cash, but they refused (choosing instead to pay me in cash for the final two weeks), so I moved out the first of June to stay with some friends.
I also had this other job in the afternoon/evening working in a deli/ice creamshop/bar/organic grocery, that was closer to the farm than my friends’ place where I was staying.
This was in the south so by mid-June it was already fairly hot. So what I would do is I would bring a change of clothes and a towel, and after finishing my chores I’d go into my recently-vacated empty cottage, take a shower and put on clean clothes to work at the deli. This would take, maybe 15 minutes.
So I was coming out of the shower and the phone rang. Huh, I thought, they didn’t cancel the phone service yet, maybe its a riding client who doesn’t know I moved. When I picked up the phone it was a law school calling to offer me a spot, and a academic scholarship worth 75% of tuition.
So then I moved back to the NE city I grew up in, went to law school, got married, became a lawyer, got a job, paid off my loans and stand before you, that rarest of creatures, 2009 law graduate with a job and no debt.
When I think about the millions of ways I could have not gotten that call, it kind of freaks me out. If I had put an extra load of saddle pads in the washer. If one of the horses came in with a boo-boo that needed cleaning. If I was still in the shower when the phone rang. If the law school called a week later. If the phone had been disconnected. etc. etc. Absolutely everything in my life would be different if I hadn’t been there to pick up the phone that day.