#105: Finding Keys, Specs, and Phone
Looking for specs, phone and keys, and finding them in a clever spot plus the 75th Anniversary of Goodnight Moon
Things I use daily gravitate to clever spots. This never happens to you. Right?
Glasses: I lost two pair in the same day. Both had those around-the-neck lanyards but lanyards don't do much good if you take the entire unit off--glasses and lanyard--and place in a clever spot. I found one pair only to lose it an hour later. Current Status: Two pair, one dark, one light safely placed on the dresser in my room.
Phone: A daily occurrence. Thank goodness for “Play Ringtone” on the Find My Phone app. Current Status: Online and charging.
Keys: During Covid lock-down they weren’t used often. Now, I have a designated spot and try to place them there as soon as I come inside the cottage. Current Status: On the key-board near the door. May I have a gold star, please?
Losing important things when traveling rattles me greatly. I’ve written about this and my gratitude to helpers who show up and calm me down.
My fancy new camera phone went missing on a trip abroad in 2011. After visiting Stonehenge, I spent the remainder of the afternoon walking Salisbury’s maze of narrow streets full of shops, pubs, tea rooms, bakeries, crowned by Salisbury’s magnificent Gothic cathedral.
The following day I visited the outdoor market admiring clothing, candles, produce and baked goods but when I put my hand in my satchel to retrieve my camera phone for a quick photo, it was not there. I retraced my steps through the market…nothing…to the rental car where I pawed through my luggage and every shopping bag twice…nothing…back to my room…nothing. Trying to keep a stiff upper lip I fortified myself with a proper English breakfast of baked beans, sausage, eggs, potatoes, tomatoes and toast which bolstered my morale and then RE-traced my steps, RE-searched the bags, the market, finally paying one last visit to my lodging above a pub. I was more thorough this time; garbage cans, closet floors, under beds, through the covers. Nothing. I was resigned that my barely two-week old phone was not only in a clever place…it was seriously missing, too. But, there was one thing left untouched—a bath towel—neatly folded and draped over the footboard at the end of the bed. I picked it up and there it was, lodged between the footboard and mattress. What a relief! Apparently I had placed it on the bed and it had slipped down between them.
Eventually everything does turn up at home because it's just me and my darling GP here and she has not yet figured out how to grow opposable thumbs to engage me in games of I’ll hide it and you find it. I do find that without my specs life really does have some lovely soft edges.
The 75th Anniversary of Goodnight Moon
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of Goodnight Moon, a book beloved by children and parents around the world. I was very surprised to learn of the very sad life of its author, Margaret Wise Brown.
If you have a quiet moment today, here is Eric Whitacre’s exquisite setting of Goodnight Moon performed by Hila Plitmann. It brought tears to my eyes. Perhaps it will to yours, too.
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