Things that Disappear and Reappear


Are you one of those people (like me) who has a problem with things that mysteriously “disappear”? I wouldn’t say I actually lose them. They just don’t seem to be where they should. The gold bracelet Relationnel gave me when we got married fell off a while ago. Fortunately, I felt it happening and saved it. I then carried it around in a zippered pouch in my bag for ages with the intention of getting it fixed. When I finally managed to get to the jeweller’s, it had disappeared. I was most upset of course and didn’t want to tell Relationnel about it but finally admitted it. Then recently, we were in Dieppe around my birthday and he bought me another one which is really lovely.

Today, I was looking for something else that had diappeared – my mp3 player – and, lo and behold, what should I find in the bottom of a bag I sometimes take away with me: a little jewellery box with my broken bracelet in it! I looked at my wrist and to my horror, the other bracelet was gone. However, it didn’t take long to retrieve it. I try to remember to take off my jewellery at home before I go to the swimming pool and sometimes I forget so put it in a zippered pouch in my swimming bag. Thank god it was still there.

And then the strangest thing. I looked in the drawer next to my desk where I usually keep the mp3 and it had turned up again. Now how do you explain that? It wasn’t there last time I looked I’m sure …

Recently, I did actually lose something. I had put two cheques in an envelope with a deposit slip – they’re pre-filled in here so your name and address is on the slip. When I got to the bank, the cheques had disappeared. I didn’t really pay much attention because I had actually taken them out of one envelope and put them in another before I left home so I just assumed I’d picked up the wrong envelope.  We hadn’t been home long when my work phone rang. Strange on a Sunday. A man introduced himself and said he’d found my cheques with the deposit slip on the pavement.  He said he’d send them to me by post. He’d tracked me down in the Yellow Pages.

I hesitated to tell Relationnel. He’s one of those people who always puts things immediately back in their place after he’s used them for instance. No way would he be walking around with an unsealed envelope containing two cheques.  He’s always annoyingly checking up on me about that sort of thing. I eventually told him though and he was surprisingly supportive saying I must be over-tired! Anyway, I followed the Australian tradition and bought a “lotto” ticket and sent it off, explaining what it was all about. In France, they don’t have any equivalent way of thanking someone for doing you a favour.

What’s the tradition in your country?

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5 Responses to Things that Disappear and Reappear

  1. Katherine says:

    I have a friend who very carefully puts her precious ‘rings and things’ away when she travels. She is never sure who will be in the house during her absences. After one such trip it took her six months to recover MOST of her pieces. She is still optimistic they will ALL eventually turn up. I have to admit I am one ring down after our trip o/seas earlier this year. I know it’s safe – just not sure where!!

    • Fraussie says:

      That reminds me of my mother who had the habit of tying her jewellery up in handkerchiefs and putting them in the pockets of her dressing gowns of which she had quite a collection. After she died and I was throwing out her personal clothing, I suddenly remembered and retrieved her double strand of Mikimoto pearls and several rings. At least two pieces of jewellery never turned up. I guess they were too well hidden!

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  3. Pamela says:

    Dear Rosemary
    We’re twins! I do the same things. All the time. In fact I “lost” my engagement ring years ago. I remember I was going to put it in a “safe place” before we went away. When we got back I couldn’t remember where that was and I never have! I keep hoping one day it will turn up. Husband is like yours, very methodical. He keeps telling me I should always have a special place for all valuables , including car keys, and always put them there.
    The nightingale song is so beautiful.
    Best wishes, Pamela

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Terrible about the engagement ring! Now that we have dividing our time between Paris and Blois, the situation is even worse. I was secretely delighted this week when Jean Michel spent two days looking for a tape measure and I was the one who found it, right under his eyes! The nightingale is lovely, I agree.

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