We stopped at Destination USA, a huge mall in Syracuse, to break up the trip and catch a movie. We've not done this before but, as we get older, we are trying to be a little kinder to ourselves. Joe pulled the van over, I was riding in the front passenger seat, sitting in my manual chair so we had to move that chair out and on to the sidewalk while I got into the power chair. Then, when everything was moved and out of the way, I brought the power chair down and, as it was raining, at Joe's request I zipped into the store. We agreed to meet at the main entrance.
A few minutes later Joe had parked the vehicle and, without knowing it, we were already being embraced by a miraculous occasion of great good fortune. We wandered around, found the theatre, picked a movie and spent a relaxing couple of hours in the theatre. We saw 'Gone Girl' ... a movie that didn't really capture our attention but even so, we enjoyed the break. We found something to eat and then we went our separate ways. Joe went out the door nearest the car and I went back to the entrance where he'd be picking me up.
I couldn't get out the door because someone had left a wheelchair in the lobby between the outer door and the inner door. The chair looked very much like my own and I was impressed that they had a chair that was a little bigger than normal, most mall chairs are quite small. I rolled over so I could watch for Joe to arrive and from that angle I could see, without question, that the chair between the doors, was mine.
It took only a second to figure out that Joe had left it outside, forgetting to put it back into the van when he set me down several hours (SEVERAL HOURS) earlier. Yet someone had brought it in out of the rain and left it there where anyone who needed a chair for use could take it. IT WAS STILL THERE.
We've had my chair stolen before, managing to get it back only by a quick act of policing so we are very careful with the chair. But today it got left behind and it didn't disappear.
Joe was sick when he realized his mistake.
I was so overwhelmed by relief that I couldn't do anything other than be hugely grateful.
I don't know what we'd have done if the chair had disappeared.
I really don't know.
But it didn't.
And I am profoundly grateful.
To Whomever Watched Over Us Today (YOU know who YOU are).