This memory of mine has been stored away for a long time and my reason for remembering it is from the book, Tom Sawyer. In chapter 17, Tom, the main character, makes the decision to run away from home with two friends to become pirates. Tom puts together an epic plan to return at the very last moment when everyone would be filled with sorrow because of the loss of the boys. Tom carries out his plans with gusto and returns at the perfect time. When he returned he became the center of attention, just as Tom had hoped for. However, Tom’s plan was not unflawed and he forgot to take into the account the effect his actions would have on certain people. For example, Becky Thatcher, Tom’s former girlfriend, had been heavily disturbed by the disappearance of Tom and she was very taken back by Tom’s sudden arrival. She is desperate to regain Tom as her boyfriend, but she is disappointed to find out Tom does not share the same interest. Eventually, Tom realizes he wants to be with Becky, but she has moved on and found a new boy and wants noting to do with Tom, Tom proclaimed with much emotion: “Any other boy! Any boy in the whole town but that Saint Louis smarty that thinks he dresses so fine and is aristocracy!” As the chapter concludes, Tom shows he has learned from his mistake, as I have done myself. This theme and lesson provided by the book has certainty reminded me of the importance of learning from one’s mistakes and I hope to never forget this lesson.