The Lost Purse
you ever done something so dumb, so stupid, so unlike you that you
can’t believe you did it? But you did and there is nothing you can
do now except try to do better the next time.
It’s a long story, but it started like this:
Last evening I was late getting home and had no dinner
started or even in mind.
“Want to eat out?” asked Honey.
“Sure.” Who wouldn’t?
There was the usual discussion on where to go that
ended up at Cracker Barrel because we couldn’t think of another
place in particular and it is our “fall back place.”
We were seated right away, no lines in the middle of
When the food arrived, I looked across the table at
Honey’s plate and saw sausage. I knew something was wrong as he will
not touch pork with a ten foot pole. My food was wrong too. We
eventually figured out that the server brought the food to the wrong
That should have been my clue on the sort of evening
it was going to be, but we eventually got the right food and ate
without further ado, at least until we left.
I had hung my purse and jacket on the back of my chair
and had my cell phone lying on the table.
Honey wanted to look at candy before we left as you
can get old-fashioned candy there that you can't get anywhere else. I
gathered up my things quickly with my mind elsewhere.
I was holding a bag of candy when we left and didn't
notice that I had forgotten to pick up my purse.
We got in the car and it was not until we were on the
interstate that I noticed it missing. I searched the floorboard.
Turned on the light in the car and looked again, hoping I was wrong.
But I knew exactly where it was - hanging on the back of the chair at
“We can't turn around until the next exit,” said
Honey. “How could you forget your purse? Didn't you realize you were
not carrying it?”
And as if I didn't feel bad enough already, “Why
didn't you watch what you were doing?”
“Because I am an idiot.” Geez!
If you have ever lost your purse or wallet you know the sinking
feeling when you realize it is missing. I mentally reviewed what was
in it: credit cards that I would have to report lost, my driver’s
license and insurance cards that would be a pain to replace, car keys,
house key. My God! A thief could get my address off my license and
would have a key to rob my house.
I was panicked, forgetting we have a security system
at home. I seldom carry much money so that would not be a consequence,
at least. Still, the thought of all the aggravation was sobering.
When we finally arrived back, I went in and told the
hostess I had left my purse. Apparently either a customer or wait
staff found it and turned it in.
The “what ifs” were endless: What if an
unscrupulous customer had picked it up, and walked out? What if I had
not noticed it missing? What if we were traveling and were hundreds of
miles down the road before I missed it? What if I had a lot of cash
Thanks to the good folks at Cracker Barrel, it was found and returned.
So, I was lucky. I clutched my purse tightly. It was
my expensive leather designer purse too, on top of everything else.
I am still shaking over the near disaster. I plan to copy all my
documents and take anything I don't absolutely need to carry out of my
As for my carelessness, forgetfulness, or whatever you call it, I
don't know what to do about that.