Friday, March 26, 2021

SOL March 26: My Lucky Day

Yesterday, too, but too late for me to find out. Here’s what happened.

            Yesterday I lost my major credit card. I was at the dentist, about to pay for two crowns. But the credit card was not in my pocket. Since the pandemic, I’ve gotten into the habit of putting my credit card into my pants pocket and not carrying my purse because 95% of the time I’m not going out of the neighborhood. But this is the first time the card hasn’t stayed in my pocket.

            I had no idea when it fell out, and it didn’t occur to me at the time to look around or ask anyone to look around the office. Instead, I rushed home, called the bank that issued that card, and should get a new one early next week. Whew! (In the morning, I got a call from the dentist’s office; the person cleaning the office had found my card under one of the chairs. Oh, well, too late. I asked them to cut it up and toss it.)

            Today, as I was coming out of the subway, I felt something hit my back, but couldn’t tell what it was. I should note that I carry my purse behind me, putting less pressure on my back. Up on the street, I checked my bag to make sure my wallet was still there — and it was. But what was missing was my datebook! Perhaps as important to my life as my wallet. I looked all around, went back down to the subway platform. Called the doctor’s office, thinking, hoping, I had left it there.

            Back home, I gathered my thoughts to see what I had to do if that datebook is really gone, because it had some important passwords in it. Within minutes, however, the house phone rang, and the doorman said there was a young man in the lobby with a notebook that seemed to belong to me.

            I can’t tell you how relieved and happy I was. I rushed downstairs, and there was my datebook. The young man refused to take any money — I was ready to give him $20 — said he found it on the street, and my address was inside. I really do feel like today was my lucky day.


I’m participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers. This is day 26 of the 31-day challenge.  It’s not too late to make space for daily writing in a community that is encouraging, enthusiastic, and eager to read what you have to slice about.  Join in!



  1. Good for the guy who returned your datebook! It's always heartening to hear a tale about the kindness of strangers.

    1. yes, it is. I felt like my life had literally been returned to me.