Something that was lost:

When I was 14 our family went to Disney World on vacation. I had a bright pink, nylon bag, covered in Duran Duran pins. All my worldly possessions were in that bag and I carried it with me everywhere. I was so proud when an adult complimented me on it. 

One particular day we had just finished lunch and my mom and I thought we would go shopping. I had seen a couple of souvenirs I wanted the week before and, as per my mom’s counsel, had waited until almost the last minute of our vacation to spend the $50 I had saved for souvenirs. She wanted me to see everything and make an informed decision. And she was right. 

So we set off. We hit the store and I started carefully choosing the items I wanted to purchase. I think it was at the register that I realized I had left the bag in the restaurant. I will never forget that moment of awareness, like someone had slapped me. And the panic, red hot and constricting. I burst into tears and my mother and I ran back to the restaurant. The bag was gone. I couldn’t believe it. We walked slowly back to the store and my mom let me pick one item that she would buy for me. I was so ashamed. This was not the first time I had forgotten something important; I was forever misplacing items and my mother often said if my head wasn’t attached I would forget it. 

To this day I’ve never forgotten that anxious feeling and sorrow at losing a beloved object. I think I’m obsessive now about making sure my purse or phone or notebook or plane ticket is exactly where it should be. 

This post is very similar to Something You Had That Was Stolen.

Topic for Aug 22: Something you found.

This is the latest exercise in my 642 Things to Write About Project. Click on the link to find out more, or click on the category 642 Things to Write About Project to read past exercises.  🙂