Premonitions or Worry-Warts

I just read the true story of a Great Lakes crew member who walked off the docked Charles F. Price ore carrier in 1913 because of a feeling of dread. Five days later he was called on to identify the bodies of his shipmates who had drown when the ship sank.

My father-in-law was a Merchant Marine during WWII. He, too, had a premonition not to reboard his ship while serving in England. When he reported “late,” he was reassigned to another ship. His former ship got torpedoed.

Once in Yellowstone a fellow employee and I decided to take a hike when I suddenly froze at the trail head, refusing to step further. It was a “funny feeling” I had. An argument ensued because of my illogic…and then a landslide, right at the spot of the trail where we would have been had I not refused to go on.

Premonitions give me chills, but they’re feel-good chills, like that all creation is connected and that all is right in the world.

Then again, I tend to be a worry-wart. Therefore, I cling to the fact that 80% (or is it higher?) of what we worry about never comes to pass. And nobody, I mean, nobody, likes to listen to a worrywart. So is it only in hindsight that a worry which comes true becomes a premonition?

Fictional Star Wars (the original) repeated the phrase, “I have a bad feeling about this.” And getting characters into (and out of) trouble is what interesting reading is all about.

I occasionally write scenes in my books with premonitions. That’s fun to do because I know I’m foreshadowing events for my readers. Do your stories also have premonitions, or foreshadowing, or some other way to let the reader know of things to come?

Now…not to worry in real life, and just get on with things.

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