Quick Thinking #SOL19 Day 18/31

I am once again participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge for the month of March.  This is the fourth year I have joined the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers in taking up this challenge of writing for 31 consecutive days.  I know it will be hard work but the growth will be immeasurable. Follow along!

Quick Thinking

It was Friday afternoon and my friend Karen and I were waiting in the airport for a flight to Florida.  We were heading south for a family wedding and Karen had joined in at the last minute.  We had an extra bedroom at the home we rented and it was a great way to get away and enjoy some winter warmth and sunshine. Our group was called so we gathered our belongings to get in line. Karen was in front of me, paper ticket in hand. I was slightly concerned that she had bought the wrong flight with her last minute add on, but that worry was quickly dismissed with a beep and the words “enjoy your flight.” I handed my phone to the stewardess to check in and instead of a happy beep I heard “Hold on. I need to scan that ticket again” I look up at the screen to read: wrong date.

In a flash my mind swirled with thoughts:

I’ll miss the wedding!

Karen is already on the plane. I need to tell her!

How could I have the wrong date? I checked my ticket several times!

When is the next flight?

It’s going to snow tomorrow will I get out?

Will I have to pay for another ticket?

What is going on? I am always so careful to check twice before purchasing.

My mind was swirling with concerns when I heard a voice say

Is this machine acting up again? Let’s scan again.

No problem, you are good to go!

Enjoy your flight!

As I walked the long runway to meet my friend I thought about how quick I was to blame myself when indeed it was a computer malfunction.  As I met up with Karen I was chuckling at my foolishness and thinking that sometimes quick thinking doesn’t pay off! I said to her: “And to think that I thought you bought the wrong date!”  “Chris, What are you talking about?”  I could only reply, “Oh never mind, just a little computer error!” 

5 Replies to “Quick Thinking #SOL19 Day 18/31”

  1. We ARE too quick to blame ourselves – why it it that our minds run wild in nanoseconds, creating multiple alarming scenarios? So glad all was well. Enjoy and be good to yourself. 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh I would have been in a panic if that happened. Glad it all worked out. Love the irony…as that often happens to me! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed some Florida sunshine! 🙂

  3. OH my WORD! How stressful those few seconds must have been. I hate buying airline tickets for that very fear-“What might I have messed up?” Glad it worked out but now I’m going to quadruple check everything!!!

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