The other day I lost my lunch bag. Then I lost or misplaced my textbooks for the course I was teaching and then I couldn’t find another book I often use and was thinking I would need it. I tried to be cool about it. I figured bad things happen in threes, and I had lost three different things. If it followed the rule, it would be over. Not surprisingly, this thought did not comfort me.
I searched my desk thoroughly and then I searched my storage area apart. I could not find the books. Then I searched any of the classrooms I had recently been in. Then I searched any classroom I came across. No luck. I even got a paper cut moving the books around. I don’t know why it was so important, but it was to me. When I told this to my girlfriend, she wasn’t even slightly surprised. I guess she knows me well. She knows that things like this drive me to distraction. Maybe she learned it during the lunch bag fiasco. Then again, maybe she knew it before that.
I then decided to be smart about it and put up signs so my fellow teachers would know I was looking for those books and hopefully they would keep their eyes out for them too. Sadly, no one approached me about them.
I gave my storage area another try and found the textbooks quite quickly. I was a bit relieved. I either missed them during the other exhaustive searches, or someone put it back in place after seeing my sign. Despite my desire to see a conspiracy, I am quite sure it is the former, rather than the latter. I took the opportunity to reorganize the storage area before putting all my books back.
I tried to put it behind me, but I couldn’t. I wanted to let go, but I couldn’t. Where had I left the other book?
Several teachers asked me about the books. Then one told me that a teacher had probably borrowed it. The teacher works in a different section of the building so I went to see her. She wasn’t there, but the book I was looking for was on her desk.
Now, that is what I call relief. That is what I call Today’s Perfect Moment.
Have you ever misplaced something, only to find it later in the place you least suspected?