Libraries to the rescue

12 Sep

I pulled into the grocery store parking lot at 5 on the dot. It was the end of the first week of school and I wanted to treat myself (celebratory ice cream?) and get grocery shopping for next week out of the way.

I grabbed my school bag, heavy with a laptop, exited the car and walked to the trunk where I would keep the bag while I shopped. I hefted the bag into the trunk and opened it to get my wallet.

I couldn’t find it.

I pulled everything out and it still wasn’t there. As I repacked my school bag, I realized that I must have left the wallet on my desk as I packed it before leaving school. I remembered taking the wallet out in order to make room for everything I wanted to take home. Apparently, I’d forgotten to put it back in.

Getting back into the car, without my treat or groceries, I thought about what to do. By the end of the five-minute drive home, I had a plan.  After parking the car, I texted my VP. Her office is close to my classroom and maybe she’d still be there at 5:15. I entered the house to Lucy’s manic greeting and took her for a walk, hoping for news when we returned.

After her quick walk, Lucy got dinner and I checked the phone. My VP was already home. I was disappointed but decided I had one last hope. Maybe someone was still at school and checking their email. I could send out an email SOS.

I opened my school email, looking for an “all staff” email I could use for a “Reply all” when I noticed that Kelly, our school Library Assistant, had sent a message mere minutes before.

Hope rose in my heart.

I sent the SOS directly to her and she replied. At 5:30 pm. On the first Friday of school.

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Relief washed over me.

On Saturday, I took a credit card and walked to the grocery store. With my driver’s license at school, I didn’t want to tempt fate by driving. The walk was about 20 minutes, so I didn’t get the celebratory ice-cream – for fear it might melt- but I walked home knowing I had what I needed for the week and that my wallet was safe.

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6 Responses to “Libraries to the rescue”

  1. Lee Ann Spillane September 12, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    I so know the feeling–the dawning realization as you search through the school bag… and come up missing. You are not the only one! Glad it all worked out in the end.

  2. Alyssa Griffin September 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    I have done this so many times and every single time it scares me beyond belief. I always tend to leave my wallet or card in a different purse or in a friends car when I need it the most. Glad that you got everything you needed and I hope you get that celebratory ice cream soon!

  3. arjeha September 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Who doesn’t know that feeling? So glad your wallet was safe and sound. I think you deserve more than one celebratory ice cream.

  4. Christine September 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    usually its my phone that gets left behind. And yes, the anxiety is compounded when its left on the weekend. Yikes.
    Co-worker to the rescue – you can rest assured!

  5. erinbakerreadwrite September 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow! What a friend! Glad your wallet was safe. And you got some exercise in the bank for the next time you eat ice cream. 🙂

  6. Brian Rozinsky September 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    Here’s hoping the ice cream, delayed, tastes even better later. There will eventually be celebrations!

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