What would you do over?


This is not a big deal, to some people, probably.

But something that filled me with regret for months is that I didn’t record some goats chasing me through a field.

Well, those goats. In that picture.

I visited Idaho in May and went on a wacky roadtrip to spread my dad’s ashes. No, it was actually fun.

One of the things that was miraculous was the place my family and I stayed. Windysage Farmstay B&B,  in Mackay, Idaho, home of Karen and Adam. It was ridiculous. Go there if you can.

Seriously, surrounded by mountains. Animals everywhere. The hosts were so gracious and kind. Karen even made a dairy free apple crumble that we devoured. They made us ice cream, including a sorbet for me. Which was delicious.

And I got to visit these goats every day. Well, we were only there two nights, but I visited them multiple times a day.

On the final day, my sister and I went out to say goodbye with some carrots. Those goats were gentle and kind but they did like a good carrot, so when we left, the whole group started trotting after us. We ran away, laughing. I thought I was getting the parade of goats behind me on camera.


Such regret. So no goat.

I ached with regret. I throbbed with regret. It would have been the best video ever of goats chasing sisters.

And now I can’t even find any of the videos or any pictures except the one above, which was preserved for posterity by the magic of Facebook.

Just goes to show you: You should spend less time experiencing your life and more time on social media. How else will you remember anything?



This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Prompt: “Mulligan. We’ve put another quarter in the slot – free play! Hit the reset button on a moment this year: what would you do over? Whether or not you analyze your actions – how would you act differently? Would the outcomes shift, or stay the same? From a single sentence to a whole day (and everything in-between), feel free to explain your choice, from how you felt immediately after the moment passed, to any thoughts that ran through your mind beforehand. Take a mulligan!”