If

If my mother hadn't obsessed about the cleanliness of her garage floor... If she had taken a nap like she had planned... 

If she had let me clean the garage by myself as I had planned... 

If she had stopped putting Tide on the floor when I asked her to...

If she had left the garage when the floor got wet...

If only she had listened to me... 

My trip to Kansas City would have ended differently. She wouldn't have fallen. She wouldn't have shattered her ankle and broken her elbow. She wouldn't have had to have surgery. She wouldn't have had complications and she wouldn't currently be in the ICU.

She will be fine...eventually. The recovery will not be easy or pleasant for her or for those around her. That squeaky clean garage floor will not be much comfort.