Have you ever thought you made a huge mistake only for it to turn into one of the best things to happen? A few weeks ago we went on our camping trip.
We always go to a campground quite a drive away in Colorado because we really like the scenery.
Well, my husband is a doctor and had to see a last minute patient right before we left.
This meant that we had to leave in a hurry.
Every darn time we leave in a hurry something happens that is a pain in the rear end.
This time, we didn’t notice until the next evening.
We probably would have noticed the night we arrived, but after the drive, we were all so tired we didn’t even notice.
The next day we get up to have breakfast over the fire and realize that we forgot to grab the four Coleman lawn chairs that we always take with us to use.
We were literally hours from the nearest Target and about 6 hours from our home.
At first, we decided just to forego the idea of having chairs at all after all we are roughing it, we can handle it.
If we have to sleep in a tent why not sit on the ground around the fire.
This was supposed to be a week tent excursion and we could do this.
Well, the second day after one full day of no chairs my dear husband could barely get up from the ground after breakfast.
His back had gone out.
It was out so that he could walk, but couldn’t stand straight up no matter how hard he tried.
I should explain that we are grandparents and in our 60’s so we are not ancient, but not super young.
We were with our granddaughters and the last thing we wanted to do is wreck the trip for them.
So we didn’t say too much.
Day three my husband who has had back issues off and on had learned that one of the best ways to handle it was to walk it off.
So he took the girls for a hike and eventually ran into some of the nicest people.
It was kind of embarrassing for him because they asked him if he was ok.
He explained about his back and then they began to tell him about the best supportive chairs for his back and what they said gave him quite a chuckle.
They told him to buy some Coleman lawn chairs as they are such great support for bad backs.
Then he couldn’t help but regale them with his tale of what we left at home 6 hours behind.
They then told him that they had some extra Coleman lawn chairs at their camper because they were expecting guests who didn’t show due to a family emergency.
They then proceeded to tell him that they would give them to him.
My husband offered money to pay for them and they wouldn’t take it.
It just goes to show you that there are some kind hearted strangers out there.
They may just be chairs, but knowing my husband’s pain it was greatly appreciated.
They were good people and it is just a reminder of the great country we live in.