I was in Monument Valley with a now ex-boyfriend, Richard. It had been a rough trip already. On the first full day, he had ended up in the hospital with epilepsy (which he had never had before) and had his license temporarily suspended. I had to do all the driving and he was a horrible backseat driver, when he was awake. The medication made him incredibly sleepy.
On day four, I was driving through the Valley and heading back toward the Grand Canyon. I saw a Native American tent shopping area on the side of the road. I pulled off and started browsing the amazing handcrafted gifts. There was a turquoise necklace. I'm not a big turquoise person and I don't like silver. This piece was special though. It was three strands of larger turquoise stones hung on what to my uneducated eye looked like fishing string. The stones were evenly spaced and looked exquisite! I had the seller down to $300. Richard wandered in as I was trying it on and close to purchase. He told me I was nuts to spend that much for 'cheap' stones. I was now embarrassed (and mad as heck, but I'm not confrontational.) He commented that we were behind schedule and needed to get on the road. We were behind schedule, but that's because he assumed the driver would travel the roads at 80-85 mph. I don't generally drive over 80 AND I only do it on roads I know (large highways where others are travelling that speed). I'm not going to go more than 10 mph above the speed limit on mountainous country roads.
I left the necklace behind and wished I'd left Richard instead. (To wrap up, he did suddenly get epilepsy in his late 30s. Once back in my home state, he had 4 more seizures, thankfully no one was injured. One may have been while driving, but I had dumped him by then. As his personal chauffer I was tired of being nagged about my driving and then he spilled a gallon of milk in my car on a really hot day and thought I was crazy for being mad. Milk is not easily removed from vehicle upholstery.)
I still wish I had purchased that necklace.
Or the pearl dog collar in Rome. I didn't have a dog then, but my current little girl would look amazing in it!