“Uh-Oh,” I say in a scared voice — simple words that invoke complex fear.

“What?” replies my wife.

“My chair quit.”

“What do you mean, it quit?”

“It just totally shut off. I think maybe it’s wet.” Panic sets in as I repeatedly click the switch to restart it.

“It can’t just quit,” she says, inserting a glimmer of hope.

“It did, it won’t turn on.” I say, extinguishing the glimmer.

“Maybe you hit the ‘off’ button?” Frustration mounts.

“No, I didn’t.” Dead stop.

And then the conversation went south from there. You get the idea.

Most people with disabilities have experienced situations like this. Just when you think this is one of the least desirable places to have a breakdown, or you need to run to the bathroom, your having-a-great-day bubble bursts with the worst-case scenario. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst possible time. This dead chair situation certainly applies. There is nothing like a little adversity to test and strengthen the bonds of a marriage. Ours ought to be really strong.

Let’s see. What would be stressful to a couple? Maybe distance from home, reliance on equipment, a time limit, bad terrain or extreme weather.