This week, my husband and I went into Manhattan with his sister and our niece. We had planned the trip weeks in advance, and were looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit and celebrating the season. Our first stop was Macy’s in Herald Square to see the decorated windows. It was terrific.
Next, we decided to head into mid-town to take a walk down Fifth Ave. to view the shops and see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. As we were looking for a parking garage, we came across what looked like a wonderful spot just a block or two away from where we wanted to be! It was turning out to be a perfect day. After we walked around for a while, we headed back to where we parked, full of Christmas cheer. That quickly disappeared as we came to where we left the car – to find it gone.
Apparently, we had read the sign incorrectly and our car was towed away. What a horrible surprise. Three hours later, our Christmas spirit and our car were still not back in our possession. As we waited to pick up our car, though, the attendant at the impound lot asked my husband how our day was (before our car was towed). He then told my husband something so profound that it had to be a sign. And this one we could read. He said, “Well, you have to take the good with the bad, right?”
The Christmas season is a time for joy – and also a time that can be filled with moments of intense stress. I’m going to try to take the attendant’s words to heart.