My husband and I have a crane critter gittin’ fixation. If there’s a crane machine in the vicinity we’ve already checked it out, looked at the prizes, investigated how intricately they are entwined and if there are any parts that could come off and choke our little guy.

Yes, they are for Ringo. You didn’t think they were for us did you?

We always either stick in a dollar bill or load in four quarters because it is rare to get one on the first try. The second try is usually way better than the first.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different outcome. Crazy, right?

When we were children and dissatisfied with the outcome of a game, we would often yell, “Do over!” We would then repeat whatever we did hoping for a different outcome. Of course, that didn’t always happen and everyone knows you only get one do-over so you better make it count.

In golf, a do-over is a mulligan. As you can guess, a mulligan is not “legal” in the rules of golf. You are supposed to take the shot where it lands — good or bad. At some charity golf events, one can purchase mulligans as an additional fundraiser and since everyone is on the same page, it’s OK. It’s not OK to tap the ball onto the green with your toe or give it a toss from the other side of a tree.

As adults, we often wish for a do-over so we can change the end result. As more mature individuals, we learn and try to accept that sometimes you only get one chance at something. You give it your all and hope for the best. Some of us make it, some don’t. Sometimes its luck, sometimes its fate, sometimes it just isn’t meant to be.

In life, there are few do-overs. You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say. If you flub up a job interview, you rarely get a chance to go back and try it again. Most often, you just never hear from them again and it remains a burning regret in your gut.

Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes and the next time goes better. Some people never learn. They continue with the insanity running on the hamster wheel to nowhere.

We need to learn from our mistakes so that we do not run the risk of repeating them. We must develop the wisdom and sense to make good decisions and choices. Good judgment will only develop if you truly learn from your mistakes.

There are things we can change or do-over. We can work at becoming better people, better friends, better sons and daughters, better spouses, better mothers, etc.

You can refresh that friendship that may have lagged when everyone got so busy over the holidays.

You can work on that project you let slide.

You can have a mulligan for whatever you want — as long as everyone is on the same page.