The best way to find something lost is to lose something else. It’s a complicated dance. It’s as if, in order to find the lost thing, something else must go missing to leave room for it to waltz back into my life.
A few weeks ago I needed my old TWA employee number and guess what, I’d just shredded a file cabinet full of paperwork. Still, I knew I’d seen an old access badge somewhere. Could the number be on it? I looked everywhere I could think of, but it remained stubbornly lost.
Then I needed a pre-phone address book but couldn’t find it. That must have triggered a call for the badge to come back. I took innocent hold of a dresser drawer handle and the entire drawer jumped out and emptied itself at my feet.
And guess what was in the drawer — my badge. I found the number, but my old address book is still lost.
I’d forgotten this dresser drawer and it yielded some crazy stuff. Among the old employee-anniversary pins, notebooks, and archived glasses were these three kinds of cards.
This tiny playing card must be leftover from a long-ago and now forgotten deck. That bird looks a little predatory to me, but Grannie seems happy enough and has a cat to keep her feet warm. From my TWA Term Pass – I thought I’d hit the jackpot with this card BUT it doesn’t have my employee number on it.
I wanted to photograph the badge I found when the drawer leapt out at me, but now it’s disappeared again. I guess that means it’s time for the lost address book to come back. But never mind, I’m satisfied, I found the number I needed — or it found me — and have already sent away for my retiree standby card.
How do you find lost things?
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