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In The Blink of an Eye

Wow, it’s thirty years today since an incident in my life that could have made everything so different, the blink of an eye made all the difference.

Bonfire night 1984, as every year before, we had made all the preparations for the night, during the half term myself and my two older cousins had built a large bonfire in our Nanna’s back garden and all our families would converge there for fireworks, baked potatoes and my Nan’s bonfire toffee.

But this year my cousin had found out, from a friend of his, how to make homemade bangers.  So during the half term, as well as building a bonfire, we had also made a fairly descent stash of these rather loud bangers.  I was ten years old and my cousin was almost four years older than I was, it fair to say I was quite easily led and looked up to him somewhat.

We made them in various sizes, the bigger they were, obviously the louder and more powerful they were.  On the night my cousin set a few of these off in various different circumstances.  I must add here, our parents were present and oversaw what was happening and would have stopped anything that was not considered safe.

As the night went on, I felt a itching in my right eye, it seemed to get worse as I rubbed it more and more.  Eventually it became very uncomfortable, so I went to my Mum and she took me inside to take a look in the light.  From there it was obvious to her that is was a little more serious than just a scratch or something in my eye.  My Dad was summonsed and I was taken to hospital.

Now I must say I expected a Casualty department on a bonfire night, to be very busy, but it was completely empty and I was seen quite quickly.

It transpired that both my top and bottom eye lids had been burnt.  They had been burnt in a way that it was caused by more than just a spark, something that had been melting had obviously caused the burning.  I confessed that we had used sellotape in the construction of our bangers and this was deemed to be the source.

The Doctor then said, that due to the position of the burns on both the eye lids, it was clear that I must have blinked at the time and this had in his opinion saved my eye, had the sellotape gone into my eye, he was sure I would have lost the sight in that eye.

I was given some rather thick paste to put on my eye lids for the burns and sent home, we went back to my Nan’s but as it was late by then, everything was almost over.  There was a bit of an inquisition for my cousin and I, but it was deemed just an unfortunate accident, although we were forbidden to make any more, to this day, neither of us has and the incident is still fondly remembered at family gatherings.

My eye look pretty ghastly for a few days, the eye lids were covered in very uncomfortable crusty scabs, but after a few days it just looked like a black eye, which through my karate I was well used to by then.

On Friday the local paper came out, and a few pages in there was a report that stated that the only bonfire night casualty in town was a boy with eye injuries, they never mentioned me by name, but it was definitely me, my claim to shame.

Just five days later, with a black eye, I went up to Newcastle to take my black belt and I passed, so the next weekend I made the paper again, this time for the right reasons.

Okay, I know this was an accident which was brought about by youthful stupidity, we were making things that weren’t legal, although everything we made them from were easily purchased by people our age, yet that doesn’t make it right.

But in the blink of an eye, a life could have been so different.  Had I not blinked, what would life be like with one eye, I know many people who live that way and have got on very well in life, but I can’t put myself in that place, because in the blink of an eye, I was saved from that life.

If you have read my post from a few weeks ago, “The Night I Stopped Believing”, then you’ll know that I had given up on the idea of God two years before this moment in my life, but when I look back now, it’s another one of those moments where I can now see a touch from God in my life, a moment that without His protection, life would have been so different.

BLINK by REVIVE
Teach me to number my days
And count every moment
Before it slips away
Take in all the colors
Before they fade to grey

I don’t want to miss
Even just a second
More of this

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

When it’s all said and done
No one remembers
How far we have run
The only thing that matters
Is how we have loved

I don’t want to miss
Even just a second
More of this

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink

Slow down
Slow down
Before today becomes
Our yesterday

Slow down
Slow down
Before today becomes
Our yesterday

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?

It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?

It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink