Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yesterday

Yesterday I wanted to take some pictures, so I reached under my desk to pull out my camera bag (that is where I always keep it) and discovered that it wasn’t there. I stared at the empty space for a few seconds as my brain tried to make sense of the scenario and then I said to the most amazing man in the world “my camera is gone

What do you mean gone?

Gone” I said. “I left my camera bag somewhere and everything in it is now gone. Everything.

I told him this calmly. But it was an eerily type of calm. You know what I mean. The type where your voice sounds haunted. The type that is accompanied by a cold sweat. The type where you realize suddenly that something has gone terribly wrong.

So, here’s the story.

On the weekend we stopped in at a coffee shop. I had my computer bag with me, which isn’t unusual; after all, photography is a favourite pastime. Except instead of placing it on the floor between my feet like I always do so that I can constantly be aware of its presence, for the first time ever, I placed it on the windowsill. And then forgot it there when we left. And everything in it. A DSRL camera, an 18 – 270 lens, a macro lens (the love of my photography life), a flash, filters, extra batteries, a remote release and a whole bunch of other handy items. All gone.

Just.
Like.
That.


My initial reaction was denial, which was followed by disbelief, which was quickly replaced by shock. And as I paced all over the house with panic and grief and a whole bunch of tears and probably a whole lot of wailing threatening to kick in, the most amazing man in the world calmly dialed up the two coffee shops we go to regularly (we had visited both on the weekend and couldn’t be sure at which one this happened). I heard him say “no, eh?” to the first one. They had not found a camera bag. Then he telephoned the second place, the last hope, and he explained his reason for calling. A few seconds of silence as he listened.

Inhale. Hold breath. Heart pounding.

Then “Oh, you do! That’s great!

Exhale. A little hyperventilating. Relief. Tears of joy.

The most amazing man in the world drove me to the coffee shop and waited in the car as I went in to retrieve my bag. I asked for the manager and when she came out with my most beloved possession, I wanted to hug her and sob like a baby and tell her that I love her and ask to be her best friend. I didn’t. Instead, I thanked her profusely. She said “You are so lucky! There are shady characters and this equipment could have disappeared.

There are good days and there are great days. Yesterday was one of the great ones. And one of the luckier, too.

I should play the lottery...

Have you ever lost something really special to you?

64 comments:

  1. Thank goodness there are still lots of honest people left in Canada who would turn in a lost bag rather than just steal it! I know exactly how that feels -- I lost my purse once in Winnipeg when I was visiting from Edmonton. I was cool, calm and collected until I knew it was safe and I wasn't stranded without even a credit card. Then I started bawling, LOL! I lost it once in Brandon too at a hotel but someone turned it in. Now I ALWAYS keep my purse in my line of vision so I remember to pick it up. Out of sight, out of mind, I have learned to my regret.

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    1. It is a horrible feeling, Debra! I felt like a volcano was getting ready to erupt inside me. I was very self controlled but if the equipment had been lost for good, eventually the bawling would arrive. LOL... I've never lost a purse or a wallet, thankfully. It is one of the things that I fear; it would totally stress me out!

      THANK GOODNESS FOR HONEST PEOPLE!

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  2. I was so worried! Glad there was a good outcome at the end of it! I was thinking we might have to set up a GoFundMe account to get you a new camera if this one was gone since I enjoy your pictures so much! It is nice that there are still honest people out there who turned in your bag!

    betty

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    1. Betty, that is the nicest thing I've ever heard! You are such a kind person. Thank you for that. Thankfully, there are honest people and I don't have to stress over this for another minute!

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  3. I LOVE IT when things turn out in wonderful ways!!!! There is nothing worse than the panic that comes when you have lost something of value. (and I don't necessarily mean monetary value)

    I have had several occasions that I "heart pounding" panic because something went MIA. And I, too adore the people that had a hand in getting me over the grief of loosing "whatever it was" that I misplaced.

    A few years ago, when I got back from a 5 mile walk I realized my diamond engagement ring wasn't on my finger. I had been meaning for a number of years to have it resized as evidently my 18 year old fingers were fatter than my 63 year old fingers are. SOOO, I call my "out of town" husband crying hysterically that I have lost my ring. He calmly says that if I rewalked my route and didn't find it, not to concern myself because he has said over the years he wanted to buy me an upgrade from what he could afford on army pay way back when. Of course which caused me to respond "I don't want a better ring, I want my ring!"

    I rewalked my route and some man saw me slowly walking along bawling like a baby and offered to help me walk the 5 miles. Long story short...found the ring, profusely thanked the man and got my ring resized. All turned out fine...but then I always expect to have a fairy tale ending. I count on it.

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    1. SO glad you got your precious camera back!

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    2. Cheryl, you are so right! This wasn't a cheap loss or the most expensive, but it was extremely valuable to me. I would have cried a river of tears if all my equipment had been lost. Photography is my way of relaxing. It is a favourite pastime. If my photo gear had disappeared it would have been a deep blow. I wouldn't be able to simply replace it, probably not for a long while, so I'd have to get used to live without it. And that would be very sad!

      Your story...oh my goodness...my heart was pounding reading it. How wonderful that you got your ring back. I totally understand why it was so important to you and so valuable in ways that no other ring could replace it!

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  4. So glad this story has a happy ending. So many stories are tragedies. We are all emotionally attached to our cameras.

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    1. Yes, those of us who love photography are emotionally attached to our cameras!

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  5. Oh I'm so glad your story had a happy ending! If I lost my camera like that I'd be a total wreck.

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    1. I was getting there, Linda! Thank goodness it all turned out well. You know how precious a camera can be.

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  6. Oh my goodness! Just reading that was distressing! I'm so glad you were able to get it back.

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! I'm thrilled at the outcome. It could have gone the either way!

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  7. So lucky! There are still great people out there and this renews our faith in them. We hear so much bad news that sometimes we think the world is full of bad people. Then something like this happens...a good person turning your camera in...and we know...there is so much good in the world. Now I'm looking forward to seeing many more pictures.

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    1. Hi, Peggy! Thanks for stopping by. I agree. There is a lot of good in the world but the news media would have you believe otherwise. We should try to remember those moments these good deeds occur.

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  8. Oh I've been in those shoes with many things before (wallet, purse... you name it), but a whole bag of camera equipment would indeed send me over the edge. I'm glad you got it all back.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! That's exactly where I would have been if things had turned out differently...over the edge!

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  9. There are some honest, good, kind and thoughtful people around.
    So pleased everything ended well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. There sure are, Jan! And I'm so grateful for them.

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  10. oh thank goodness, and yes go get that lottery ticket right now!

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  11. I was worried there! I am glad a good person found it and turned it in. May they receive blessings this week.

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Birdie. They have also built up good karma. Hopefully something good will come to them one day.

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  12. I've had scares like you and found things in the house. I lost my daughter's house key once. after a long story of ladders and tension I found the keys in a dresser drawer with the nail clippers I had been using.

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    1. I wish it had been that way! But there are only two places I put my camera bag and I knew I had left it at the coffee shop when it wasn't in one of them! Thankfully, it all turned out alright.

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  13. I can't think of anything but then I am generally not very attached to things. Don't get me wrong, I love having "stuff", but if I lost something I'd just be cranky at the inconvenience and expense of replacing it, not upset about the actual item. We moved six months ago and it was difficult for my husband as he was attached to our old house. I wasn't at all! I was like: yay, new house!

    On the other hand I (unlike my husband!) tend not to lose things. I put things in the same place at home, have my handbag on my lap in a restaurant and any other bags resting against my legs and feet so I'm aware of them etc. I would be quite stressed if I lost my purse or keys - but because of all the security issues and inconvenience, not because I am emotionally attached.

    I'm really glad you got your precious things back. I think only a small percentage of people steal, most hand things in and try to get them back to their owner.

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    1. I agree with you, Natalie. I also think that most people do not keep what is not theirs and do the right thing by handing lost items in. Thankfully, one of those types found my bag. I couldn't care less about most material items I own but this is not just stuff. This is my hobby, my way to relax. And it's taken years to put together all my equipment. It would cost thousands of dollars to replace everything and right now that wouldn't be possible!

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  14. I just realised one thing I would be devastated to lose - I'm writing a novel, in the polishing stage now, and if I somehow lost all backup copies that would literally be years of work gone. I would be miserable.

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    1. praise God for honest people

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    2. Oh, Natalie, that would be terrible! I hope your files will always be safe.

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    3. Shortybear, the world is blessed with good people!

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  15. Daisy got a new ipod touch a few months ago and I always ask her every-time we're out if she still has it on her. She think it's annoying but it's for her own good. She had a bad habit of leaving her cell phone (a dumbphone) in her hand. She lost in walmart once but someone turned it in. I'm not sure if that would be the case with the iPod touch

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    1. Let's hope she never loses it, Adam! I know my husband will be constantly reminding me from now on about the camera. And I'll be grateful for that 'annoyance'!

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  16. i saw your distraught emoticon on red's blog and had to come over to read your post. SO glad it was a happy ending for you. bless you.

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    1. Thank you, TexWiseGirl, for coming by! I appreciate that.

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  17. I am SO glad you got your camera equipment back. Thank goodness you remembered basically where you had left it. And thank goodness no one took it. Now breathe . . . . :-)

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    1. Tina, I can't tell you how relieved I was when I found out that I was getting my camera equipment back. Taking a deep breath was the first thing I did!

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  18. I am so glad you got your camera and equipment back. I am not all that surprised, however. I think there are still lots of honest people around who would turn in something they found. I have twice found a wallet in a shopping cart and, of course, turned it in. -Jenn

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    1. I totally agree, Jenn. I do not believe that the world is made up of bad people. I believe that it's made up of mostly good people. And like you, I have always turned things in so the rightful owners can retrieve them. I'd like to believe that I built up good karma over the years and this is my reward for being honest!

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  19. I left my purse in a restaurant while vacationing in Canada. Everything was in there - including my husbands wallet for safe keeping. Discovered it missing 200 miles down the road. I was a wreck. My calm husband drove 200 miles back to the restaurant and I couldn't even go in for fear that it was gone forever.
    I told him if it was there to give them some money for my appreciation. Thank God it was there - nothing missing. We are from Minnesota and had about $23.00 plus change to get back home with otherwise. We wouldn't have made it with out a phone call to someone.
    The purse had both of our I.D.'s - credit cards and cash. Could have been really bad. Thankfully there are some honest people still left in the world. Ranee

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    1. What a wonderfully happy ending! I'm so glad it turned out well and that you left our country with a positive impression!

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  20. Wow. I didn't think there was going to be a happy ending, so glad there was. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lois! I'm so grateful to whoever turned my bag in!

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  21. YEAH! There is hope for this world!!
    I can so relate to your story, Martha. It has happened to me a couple of times.....leaving my 'man purse' behind somewhere and placing it in a different spot from which I usually do. And luckily I retrieved it both times!! Isn't it a great feeling when you here that it is where you left at a shop or restaurant?
    Happy that it all turned out well.!

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    1. It is a WONERFUL feeling, Jim! I can't even properly describe it. I am so grateful to whoever that honest person was!

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  22. Wonderful you got that back!!! Happy Friday!

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  23. I was gasping the whole time I read this!! So glad you found it!
    Lisa

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  24. OMG Martha girl I would have dropped to the floor and cried like a BIG baby .. you held it together girl and George kept his cool ... Yahooooo ! I am so happy for you ... our cameras mean so much to us let alone the cost of it all. Thank goodness there are still honest people in the world .. phew !
    Take care and have a great weekend !
    Joy : )

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    1. I would have eventually dropped to the floor and cried like a baby, Joy! The loss in every which way would have been too much to handle. And there's no way I could replace all these things right now. The cost is too high. Thankfully it all turned out alright!

      Happy weekend to you, girl!

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  25. Very cool, Martha. Very, very cool.

    I had left my keys at Target and they saved them for me, but it would have been real easy to go outside and find what car the keys belonged too. Had my wallet returned once too.

    Lots of good honest folks out there.

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    1. Yes! A lot of good honest folks out there. I can't even begin to describe how happy this made me. That some person (or a few people) found this bag and turned it in rather than leave with it. I love it. And I hope something good comes their way at some point in return for this kindness.

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  26. So glad your wonderful man was able to track down your camera bag. I lost a little spoon from BOAC that I got in 1966, it was special because it was my first trip back to England and a perfect souvenir. I felt lost without it and finally found it mixed in with the compost bin. I don't know what I would do if I lost my camera, probably not stay as calm as you.

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    1. Linda, I didn't get a chance to reach the point of hysterics... LOL... Thank goodness it all turned out well! There are good people out there.

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  27. Bags of valuable stuff....
    I have leather bags, big and small and my handphone. Whenever sitting at a table i would put the stuff on top of the table, in front of me. And before i leave, i would scan the table to make sure i have everything. I never lost a single thing anywhere because of neglect.
    But people did steal from me.... but that's another story.

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    1. This is the first time in my life that I've ever lost anything. Lesson learned and never to be repeated again!

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  28. Go I hate it when I don't something and then it's, 'ah, oh my god I've lost it', and then I find it somewhere else and it's, 'oh, there you are, bloody hell I thought I'd lost you'. Those few heart pounding minutes are the worst. Like not remembering if you turned the stove off, or locked the door, or put the hand break on in the car. ugh!

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    1. Yes, those heart pounding minutes are horrible! I'm just glad it all ended well.

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