If only I had stopped to get a high sugar pick-me-up to sustain my energy through the afternoon…. If only I had stopped to tie my shoe or gotten cash at the ATM, I would have missed her. We wouldn’t have had dinner this evening or the chance to review my presentation and passionately talk about teaching and books. We wouldn’t have talked about the challenges of parenthood, talked about crafty projects or the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. This evening was as it should have been. I am grateful.