This is Isabelle. She's a dear friend and she just turned 80 years old. My friends Leila and Nathan organized a surprise party for her on Thursday night at our church. They usually have dinner with her on that night each week so it was not difficult in tricking her into coming to the church where we were all waiting.
The party was a huge success and she truly felt honoured.
I helped set up beforehand. I still had to put away Christmas decorations too! Things got squared away first - all the way I was tantalized by the heavenly smells of the giant lasagne Leila was cooking.
I had been downtown before this and did something I rarely ever do - I stuck some change into my pants pocket. Some coins and two five dollar bills.
I guess I got so involved in decorating that somehow between putting up balloons, streamers etc I must have used my pockets to hold an assortment of items such as my mini leatherman's tool, scotch tape, pins and that sort of thing. I must have pulled the dollar bills out of my pockets and tossed them in with the trash. Sigh!
I didn't discover the money was missing until we left the building that night. The next day I really debated with myself if it was worth it to get it back - but in the end I (literally) rolled up my sleeves and dived in.
Past the plastic packaging, past the paper plates and beyond the squishy remains of shepard's pie and lasagne - all mashed together... And cold and clammy (shudder!)
In the end I retrieved one of the two bills.
This called to mind one time when my Mr. And I had taken out cash to pay the rent. He asked me to hide it on a safe spot for a while so we would not have to make an extra trp to yhe bank. I secreted it away on a sock drawer inside an old pair of socks.
I to this day do not know why but the very next day I got a phone call from big brothers and sisters to say they were picking up clothing donations curbside - could I place them out.
I quickly tossed a bag together -including THAT pair of socks. A few hours later my Mr and I were talking and all of a sudden it HIT me!!!
Thank goodness the collections had not been picked up and I was able to retrieve the $500 cash. To this day it makes me laugh with relief.
Have YOU ever thrown money out by mistake? How about sucked up a piece of jewellery or something with the vacuum? Lost an earring Down the sink? A ring down the toilet? Got a good story you would like to share here?
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