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A Streak of Bad Luck in the Family

Updated on April 20, 2016
First one injured - foot got caught in the spokes of a bike
First one injured - foot got caught in the spokes of a bike

Have you ever suffered from bad luck? Our family seemed to have a streak of bad luck not long ago (or was it just coincidence?).

It actually started when one of our grandsons got his leg caught in the spokes of a bike. He is a real climber, and I imagined he would have fallen off of a wall and broken an arm or something instead. Luckily he did not break his bones but had very sore ankle (big ouwee!).

Not long after that, one of our granddaughters, who also is very active, fell from the monkey bars at school and broke her arm. She had to wear a sling for a while and then got a cast.

Her little sister was having health problems, and ended up having an operation to give her a stoma (an artificial opening in her abdomen).

We live an ocean away from these beautiful children, and so we were anxious and worried about all of them.

There was a family reunion planned for early summer, and we were hoping that everyone would be well enough to get together. Of course, our thoughts and prayers became more fervent and more often as we learned about each child and their bad luck.

Just when we thought every one was on the mend, we got another call from Utah reporting that another one of our granddaughters had broken her shoulder. Her mother had taken a bad fall, which resulted in a hair fracture of her daughter's collar bone (she was holding her hand when it happened). Luckily our daughter was not badly injured. This little girl actually blamed her injury on her cousin, the one that got injured first from the bicycle spokes.

Four of our grandchildren live near us in Hawaii, and we (Grandma and Grandpa) were planning to meet them and our other children in Utah for our highly anticipated family reunion. We planned to take a family photo that (God willing) would include everybody.

However, one of our Hawaiian grandsons became concerned and very reluctant to travel to Utah. When we asked him why, he said that "Utah was cursed". We had to help to alleviate his fears so that he could enjoy his upcoming vacation.

Our prayers were answered, and all of the children were improving. The parents were able to get the help they needed, and they were surprisingly told that none of the children would have to wear casts during the trip. Yeah!

Our son and his family from Hawaii had flown to Las Vegas and then they were to drive to meet us at the cabin in Utah. The night before they arrived, their youngest son had an accident in the hotel and ended up in the Emergency Room getting a staple in his head.

Our family reunion was up Cottonwood Canyon in a beautiful cabin which was near a raging river. The hard winter and sudden onset of warm weather was speedily melting the snow on the mountain and causing flooding up the canyon. With twelve grandchildren all staying in one cabin, I tried not to lose my mind trying to keep track of all the little cuties.The river was only a few yards from the cabin.

Fortunately, we really enjoyed our time up in the cabin and lost no one. We had a family game night and played ping pong, billiards and Wii games. The little grandson who had been so worried about the "Utah curse" accidentally ran into a pole and ended up at the ER where they confirmed that he had a concussion. Grandpa had been the lucky one to clean up after him when he started vomiting.

I am somewhat of a klutz and figure that maybe my skill unfortunately has been passed on to the latest generation. I sincerely hope not!!

Since we have all returned home from the family reunion, there have been no more injuries, thank goodness. We feel very blessed to have had this wonderful time together, but will remember this bad luck streak (coincidence) our family experienced.


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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry to hear that pumpkin7 - hope it changes for you soon. Thanks for commenting.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry to hear that pumpkin7 - hope it changes for you soon. Thanks for commenting.

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    pumpkin7 6 years ago from Birmingham

    i get a lot of bad luck. it follows me wherever i go :(

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for pointing that out raisingme. You are so right. They did heal quickly - answers to prayers.

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    raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

    Sounds like you had a streak of blessings as well as all of them healed quickly!

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I am originally from Utah also pmccray. Guess we have more in common that we thought.

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    pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

    I'm a Utahan and glad to hear that you enjoyed your reunion despite any "curses".

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for the reminder to pray Ann Lee. We can never have enough prayers.

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    Ann Lee 6 years ago

    Wow! That is quite a story. Glad everyone is on the mend. When I am having what seems to be a lot of bad luck, I pray about it.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks katiem - I will do the same - think about Good Luck and hope - so far, so good. Aloha.

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    katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

    I've heard tell bad luck does run in streaks, I'm going to work hard thinking of GOOD LUCK!!! :) Hope all is well now! Peace

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate all your comments. Thanks for your sympathy and encouragement for the future. I also wrote a hub about a Cursed Tiki - it is quite humorous if you are interested.

    https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Story-of-

    Maybe someone was mad at our family and cursed us! Hope not.

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    John Harper 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

    May I suggest you read my hub https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/From-Curs

    .... I think you may need to!

    John

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    We should wear helmets all the time! It is rough out there!

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    Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

    Sometimes it does seem to come in "batches" but I tend to think our expectations can invite it too. In any case, even if it seems to be piling up, it can't hurt to start expecting better "luck" - or whatever it is. The subconscious tends to attract what it expects!

    Sorry to hear about those incidents, though. Hope it is all behind you!

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    reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    What a wild ride. I am glad everyone is back on track. Has your hair gotten any grayer? Enjoyed reading that I am not the only one that is often followed around by the bad luck imp.

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    Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    It is was not for "bad luck," you would have no luck at all..! Through it all, you are a better person. Perhaps our reaction to "luck" determines how "lucky" we are.

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    LianaK 6 years ago

    Yes, what an amazing streak of bad luck. Your grandchildren are beautiful and glad to hear that they are on the mend. I've got the "ungraceful landing" gene too :).

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    Lisa Ward 6 years ago

    Hope all your children and grandchildren are fit and well now. What a worrying couple of weeks you have had. Hope all well now. :-)

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hi Pamela99. Glad you stopped by to hear about our bad luck streak. Guess you had one of your own. You could write it up also. Everything turned out well in the end I hope.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Elayne, What a story! They always say truth is stranger than fiction. We had one summer when my children were young where we ended up in the emergency room 4 times in 6 weeks. It was awful but after all these years, just another story to talk about. I think you'll be talking about this for years. I'm glad you at least got to go to the reunion.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So far, so good. Thanks for your concern. We are not looking for another bad luck streak. Hope you are well also kaltopsyd. Aloha!

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    kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

    Wow. I'm so sorry to hear about all of that. That's horrible. Goodness! All is okay now, right?

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Me too KoffeeKlatch Gals. I'm usually not superstitious, but it seemed like a real streak of bad luck there for a while. Thanks for commenting. Aloha!

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Once bad luck starts it seems to want to hang in there for a while. I'm glad to hear you're pulling out of that bad luck streak.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry to hear that Hello, hello. I hope your luck turns around soon. I'd love to hear more about your bad luck. It really couldn't be that bad, could it? Some things are bad and then some things are worse. Hopefully yours are not the worse kind of bad luck.

    @Jacob and Mandy - you are right! It was a wild few weeks but knock on wood that nothing else happens to any of the grandchildren.

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    Jacob and Mandy 6 years ago

    Oh man that was a wild few weeks lol. crossing my fingers we are done with the pain. Poor little monkeys:D lol

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Bad luck is following me around and never stops. Thank you for sharing your happenings in your family.

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