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“Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.”

– Mason Cooley, American aphorist


“What are we going to look at here?”

“You’ll see,” replied my wife. We were on our way to the local flower and gift shop. During our brief time living in the country, it had become my wife’s favourite haunt while in town for shopping. Since the owners accepted layaways, she had already brought home many wonderful treasures. On this day, we would be looking at a ceramic ornament of a mother elephant with baby.

As we approached the shop, both doors swung open at once. The shop had one door to enter and another to exit. A young woman pushing a toddler in a stroller happened to be leaving the shop at the same time an elderly woman b...

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