Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, December 10, 2014, 3:38 p.m.
Life provides us with periodic bolts from the blue.
The delivery accelerates but not the immediacy. By that, I mean that, when I heard that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had been in a car wreck on Tuesday, it shocked me moments after it happened, thanks to the Twitter feed, but it would have shocked me had I found out about it the next day. It would have been shocking to have gotten word of General Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, particularly since no one knew, at the time of the battle, that the War of 1812 was already over.
It was high time for the War of 1812 to be over, it being 1815 when the aforementioned battle ended. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on December 24, 1814, but General Jackson didn’t have Twitter. When in doubt, keep fighting until the British run through the bushes, run through the brambles, go some places where a rabbit wouldn’t go, on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico*.
The truth still takes time, and it used to be more reliable. Nowadays truth arrives in bits and snatches, accompanied by untruths, like unto a game show.
Cam Newton involved in wreck.
Newton appears all right.
Newton smiles to camera.
Newton’s vehicle, upside down.
Newton’s vehicle, being turned rightside up.
Newton’s vehicle, roof flattened.
The car that hit Cam.
Cam en route to hospital.
Insiders say wreck broke both Cam’s legs.
Cam miraculously uninjured.
Cam expects to play Sunday.
Cam has broken back.
Cam unlikely to play.
Those were just in the first few hours. It’s still going on now. At the moment, he may, in fact, be undergoing surgery on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, throwing practice tosses to Prince William, with his arms around the Duchess, while defending the CIA’s use of torture, and threatening to shut down the government.
I’m sure the family seeks closure. At one time, people didn’t need to worry. Most events had closure. Now it’s a pie in the sky. Either that or a pipe dream. Folks post online like they’re buying a lottery ticket.
Maybe this one will win!
Does anyone ever say “take your time” anymore?
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*Rest in peace, Johnny Horton, who had a hit song, “The Battle of New Orleans,” written by Jimmy Driftwood.