BLOGFEST!!! Lost and Found Blogfest hosted by the lovely Myne Whitman.
The idea is to write a short piece about something that you've lost and found. Anything! This is in honor of Myne's new romance release out this month, A Love Rekindled. Check it out on Myne's blog, as well as all the entries.
When I was twenty-five I did a tour of Italy by myself. I'd just broken up from a three year relationship and I wanted to indulge myself. I know, so Eat, Pray, Love, right? Yeah, I totally get her. Spent time in India later too, by coincidence. But anyway, I bought a coach driven tour of the Tuscany countryside and bought some goods in the different villages. It was November and I was doing my Christmas shopping for the fam. Somehow, in the midst of my Italian indulgences, I lost my shopping bag with all the gifts in it. I didn't even realize it until much, much later when I arrived back in the States. After Italy I went on to Germany for another week and the bag could've been lost anywhere. Total bummer. I had some nice stuff in there.
Well, about a month later, a week or so before Christmas, I received a package in the mail. Inside, was that shopping bag with all my Italian goodies! There was also a letter from one of the guys who had sat in the back of the coach near me. He was American as well, and he'd found my bag later after I'd deboarded and held onto it for me. Of course, I was elated. Sure, they were just material possessions, but the fact this guy went to the trouble of finding my address and mailing it, instead of keeping them for himself? Just awesome. I sent him a huge thank you card with my heartfelt appreciation. Funny thing is, I don't even remember his name. But I remember how good it felt to be the recipient of that act of kindness .
Having mentioned random acts of kindness, have y'all heard of the Write Hope campaign? You can bid on all kinds of things from books to critiques and all funds go to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan. There's some great stuff there. Click on the pic below and check it out!
How about you? Has there ever been anything you've lost and found again? Or a random act of kindness bestowed upon you? Please share ...