Fergus the Unicorn

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

No offence to Mr. Franklin, but I think there is one more constant in this life: chaos. Things go wrong. Often. It’s Murphy’s Law. It’s the second law of thermodynamics.

If we all tried every second of every day to control all the chaos in our lives, we’d probably go insane. End up eating mashed carrots with a fork with a cork on the end. White padded walls and all that.

Each person has their own way of dealing with the chaos: some develop OCD. The ability to control a series of small details can balance the feeling of utter uncontrollable madess. Some stop caring about anything at all, move into their cars and disappear. Most of us lie somewhere in the middle – somwhere along the lines of “as long as the dishes are done before bed I won’t go insane”. Or “if I can just get a massage once a month, I’ll be able to handle everything.”

To be a participating member of daily society, we all have found our little coping mechanisms. Today, I want to share one of mine:

Just look at him.

Fergus The Unicorn.

Fergus is a small, LED Unicorn with a 15 minute timer setting. He was given to me by Norman’s brother for Christmas. And I LOVE him.

Fergus fulfills 3 needs for me:

  1. I malfunction and flop into bed every night. I’m not good at night time. Mentally, I’m usually super awake, but my body gets super clumsy and floppy and fuzzy feeling. Fergus lights up so that I can change and get into bed without stumbling, without blinding myself with actual lamps.
  2. I love to read in bed. I can’t even tell you how often I’ll start reading, and realize that it’s now 4 AM and I’m still awake. Fergus turns off, and I know its time to go to sleep.
  3. I LOVE unicorns. Just seeing fergus on my bedside table each day gives me a serious boost of joy.

So. Here’s the question. What’s your Fergus the Unicorn?