Life is full of surprises. Sometimes when you just think you can’t do something but you try anyway, life gives an unexpected blessing. I saw a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt last week: Do one thing everyday that scares you. Wow! Since then, it keeps coming to mind. It’s influenced several decisions. Like yesterday.
I decided to go downtown and interview the people who were having a pet parade before the Dayton Dragon’s baseball game. The reason for the pet parade is so people can meet with and adopt a rescued dog. It was to be located out on the main plaza outside the ballpark. I knew exactly where that was and it seemed like a good springboard to begin covering local events.
My interviews and articles are always about things I am involved with and this was stepping out of my comfort zone to just show up at an event to report on it. Frankly, I was a little bit scared. But I made my plans firm by announcing it. I continued with my previous plans, taking my granddaughter to the park for the afternoon and continually second guessing myself about going downtown in the evening.
We were to go right from the park. When it was time, I realized that I had forgotten the reader card for my camera. I also didn’t have change for the parking meter. I was pretty tired now after all afternoon in the sunshine and giving up and just going home seemed like a wonderful idea. I thought I would probably have to park blocks away with the Dayton Dragon’s game on and I came very close at that moment to just canceling the whole thing. Unfortunately, I had already told my granddaughter our plans and she was looking forward to seeing the dogs.
So I forged ahead. We stopped and got a cone at McDonald’s and I requested my change in quarters for the meter. Problem one solved, very easily and I knew deep down that I was being a wimp. After thinking for a bit about my photos, I decided using the basic camera storage with about 10 photos without the reader card would maybe get enough usable photos for my story. I could delete (ouch) what was on there. Problem two solved.
We arrived on time even with an excruciating traffic jam because I always allow extra time. Unbelievably I found a parking space directly in front of the plaza ! Then, before I fed the meter all my change, I saw a sign that metered parking ended at 6:00 PM. Hooray! Fifty cents took us to 6:05.
Once we crossed the street and walked onto the plaza, there was another snag. There were no dogs, no parade and no one knew anything about it. I was trying to get the attention of an attendant inside the ball field but they were too far away to beckon over. Another woman was having the same trouble. We chatted for about five minutes as we tried to catch someones eye. The woman finally got someones attention.
She wanted her gift that came with her season tickets, a bobble head doll, and asked if they would not make her wait until the gates opened. The attendant was hesitant but the woman insisted because she wasn’t able to stay for the game. The attendant went to get her the doll and the woman turned and asked me if I would like her tickets. I was dumbfounded. “Why, yes! I babbled, I would love the tickets! I’ve never been to a Dayton Dragon’s baseball game!” In a flash she tore out the tickets, received her dolls and was waving goodbye. “Have fun! She said, They are good seats!”
We were ecstatic! My granddaughter loves baseball. We were free for the evening and the car was parked for the whole night. What extraordinary luck! When the gates opened and we went in and had a great time at the game. The seats were super! The middle tier, second row right behind home plate!
To crown the evening the Dayton Dragons won the baseball game! And we did see the pet parade after all. Before the baseball game started, the dogs were paraded out on the field for all to see. I didn’t get the story I went after, but another one. So thank you ticket holder of section 206 Row 2 seats 21 and 22, bearer of gifts and unexpected blessings. We had a marvelous time!