Leaping Lilly Pads!


I remember when computer games first came out (yes, I’m that old!).  A challenge that was common  in several I played was leaping from sinking object to sinking object, whether lilly pads in water, clouds in the sky or whatever,  to cross a chasm.  The goal being to get to the other side to safe ground!

Well, sometimes when I have a sequence of events happen in my life that are unexpected and important and I need for them to all happen in just a certain way to keep everything on track, I’m reminded of leaping from one sinking lilly pad to another in those games.  And I did some lilly pad leaping last week! 

Here’s an abbreviated form of what happened.  You can thank my friend and co-worker at the jail, Marie for that.  When I would write a long, wordy explanation of why we couldn’t do something for an inmate, I would read it to Marie and she would say it sounded fine, but I could have just said, “No!”.

So here’s my story from last week in the “Marie version”.   

Leaving next day for 6-day trip to Tulsa … call from credit card company … card used 4 times yesterday in California! … Yikes! … Yes, cancel it … new one here in 24-48 hours … not soon enough! … need it on trip … tell them to registered-mail it to hotel in Tulsa … we’ll use cash for first day out and hotel on the way … not easy for always-use-credit-card people … had to carry buckets of money … people in line at McDonald’s not impressed with guy paying out of large bucket … probably shouldn’t have gotten all one’s, could have used smaller buckets … new credit card waiting in Tulsa … had a great visit … all’s well … lilly pads leaped … on safe ground again … the end.


14 Responses to Leaping Lilly Pads!

  1. Hilary says:

    I’m glad everything worked out at the pond in the end. I might have croaked.

  2. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I always know when you comment that it’s going to be a dilly — so, in this case I guess it’s a leaping lilly dilly! 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    Hey! I’m glad you’re back. And with dry feet. And bless those credit card companies for being on their toes and catching these things. They’ve kept my feet dry a few times, too.

  4. Sandra says:

    Hey, I’m glad we’re back too. I loved seeing everyone in Tulsa, but there’s NO PLACE LIKE HOME (or your own bed)! Yes, I was happy that the credit card company were on their toes and I was REALLLLLY impressed with how the hotel (Candlewood Suites) worked with us. And the final part I didn’t tell (because I didn’t want to be too “wordy”), is that they didn’t have a room the size we like so they sent us to one of their associated hotels — a TownePlace Suites by Marriott. So, they didn’t even get our business after all they’d done for us!

  5. carlahoag says:

    One of our cards recently had to be replaced for the same thing. Sheesh.

    Those jumping games: couldn’t play them then, can’t play them now.

    The Long Version: Joe used to always tell me that I didn’t have to tell them (whoever)everything wherever we went. Now it’s him doing that.

    Your mother’s heavy breathing story: It’s so hilarious I’ve shared it several times.

  6. Sandra says:

    Carla — I think we have ALOT in common! 🙂

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Mama’s story — it would make her happy too.

  7. carlahoag says:

    Forgot to tell you that my mother is 95 and words like “poop and butt” have never passed her lips. She even hated saying “pregnant”. It was “expecting”.

    I should be so dignified.

  8. Sandra says:

    Carla — I remember Mama being the same way. She really didn’t want to refer at ALL to that type of thing, but if she HAD to, she liked to use gentle words, just like your mom. I find it very charming now that I look back on it, but I remember it aggravating me especially when I was a teenager.

  9. lynn says:

    Glad you had a great trip, Sandra. My sister-in-law and I were driving through Oklahoma this last week — maybe we passsed you on the road! Didn’t see anyone at McDonalds with a big bucket of money, though 🙂

  10. Marie says:

    I really like when you are “wordy”. You tell good stories, short or long. I’m sure the inmates thought they could be your pen pal. I hope I did’t ruin that for you. I’m glad you had an exciting trip.

  11. Linda says:

    Hey! Marie left a comment! She’s getting good at this internet stuff.

  12. Sandra says:

    Lynn — Wouldn’t that be funny — if we did pass on the road! Would love to meet you sometime. 🙂

    Marie — Honestly, many times I’ve thought about making something less “wordy” because of what you’ve told me. You really helped! And I’m so proud of you that you actually left a comment. What’s this world coming to!? 🙂

    Linda — Mark this date on your calendar! 🙂

  13. Sleepless in OL says:

    Catching up on your blog. I love your lily pad idea and will take this with me to share with people at the Center and others that I work with. I think that this will give each of them a great way to move ahead without being overwhelmed. Thank you for this.

  14. Sandra says:

    Sleepless, it is so nice to hear from you! I am humbled if something I said here might give someone else encouragement when life gets complicated. Take care, my friend. You and in my thoughts and prayers.

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