Saturday, October 4, 2008

What Almost Wasn't

The trip to Las Vegas turned out well. It still amazes me how much stuff three people needed for four days. I always like to be prepared when driving through the desert and had lots and lots of water, snacks, and umbrellas (in case we needed shade). Happily, we didn’t need any of it. Despite most of the backseat being taken up with whatever wouldn’t fit in the truck, I was able to crochet for quite a while both going and coming home. I was finishing up another cuddle blanket, which is the pattern in my third book now titled By Hook or By Crook.

When I went to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace I was happy to see that the giant horse that stands at the entrance to FAO Schwartz was still there, meaning the store was, too. I went to the second floor prepared to see the crochet kit and relive my big moment all over again. When I passed the spot where the little blue suitcases with their granny square banners had been piled up, some drawing kits where on the eye level shelf instead. I had to search the area to even find the craft kits and when I did, they were all crammed together and I had a hard time locating the crochet kit.

It struck me as I looked through the cornucopia of craft kits, that had this been how they were displayed when I walked through the second floor a few years back, everything would have been different. I never would have even seen the banner with the granny square. No granny squares would have meant the idea of putting crochet and mystery together probably never would have occurred to me.

How interesting that my life turned on a display.


Terri Thayer said...

Nice post. Surprising how the little things can mean everything.

Linda O. Johnston said...

You might need an umbrella for light rain in L.A. today, Betty. And I love the concept of how one small moment led to something great in your life. Isn't serendipity wonderful??

Betty Hechtman said...

Terr: It is amazing how your life can really turn on a moment.

Linda: Serendiptiy is great. And the gray skies and light rain are a nice change from all the heat.

Camille Minichino said...

It's these "what ifs" that are our livelihood, right?

thanks, Betty

Betty Hechtman said...

Yes, Camille, that's where all our stories come from.