Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Good Mistake

Have you ever made a mistake that turned out to be a very good thing? I just did.

The Newark (Delaware) Film Festival is happening this week, and the movies are unique, important, thought-provoking, relevant, and sometimes just fun. They show a mix of locally-produced films, foreign films, and award winning films. So this event is a "must do" for me every year. It's enjoyable, and I always see friends at the theater.

I bought additional tickets on Friday. I didn't check the tickets. It was hectic and a bit confused at the box office, so I didn't check the tickets, I just tucked them into my bag and went to see "No Denying - Liberation," a series of stories about Delawareans who survived the Holocaust and the soldiers who were part of the Liberation forces. Touching, compelling, intense. Amazing.

Fast forward to Saturday. There was a walk-a-thon to raise money for the assisted-living facility that is taking care of my sister-in-law in New Jersey. We packed up my rollator and water, and headed to NJ. Thanks to the rollator and cooler weather, I was able to walk two miles (the real walk was 4.2 miles, be we took a few short cuts). Two miles! I used to walk 6 miles with no problem, so it was nice to be out and about again. It's amazing how this rollator has opened up opportunities for me. I'm no longer afraid to go out of the house. I did have to stop and sit a number of times, and had to lean on the walker when my leg turned to rubber, but I did it! Of course, it was exhausting. But fun.

Saturday night I was getting ready for Sunday's movies, and was reviewing the theater tickets when I discovered that two were missing. I realized that I should have counted the tickets while at the box office. Shame on me. Big mistake. So we re-planned Sunday's movies and opted to skip the film at 9:00 am.

Thank goodness I made that mistake! I was unable to get out of bed until 9:10 am this morning. I used a week's worth of energy at the walk yesterday, and am definitely paying for it today.

We plan to see just one film today, "Food, Inc.," a documentary about our food supply.

The moral of this story is, "mistakes may be hidden blessings."



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