The uni­verse can al­low for some great re­turns

Valley Journal Advertiser - - OPINION - Wendy El­liott

Re­mark­able things hap­pen some­times. The lost be­comes found. For ex­am­ple, my old­est went tub­ing down the Gaspereau River ear­lier this sum­mer. He rue­fully told us that the ride was great un­til he stopped and had to clam­ber off the tube and up the river­bank. His glasses were lost in the ef­fort.

That’s a loss he con­cluded. Just like my fa­ther’s car keys in the same fast flow­ing river dur­ing his first — and prob­a­bly only — tub­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They fell out of a pocket. I guess that’s why you have two sets.

Alan was luck­ier. So­cial me­dia came to his aid — just as it of­ten does when pets dis­ap­pear. The Face­book page for Gaspereau River Tub­ing posted photos a week or so later of his blue spec­ta­cles. The miss­ing was found.

Chris Ger­tridge, the ex­pert on most things Gaspereau, knew that the wa­ter level was go­ing to be raised by Nova Sco­tia Power, so he de­cided to take his an­nual hike along the riverbed. It was he who found the lost glasses and made No. 1 son happy. Such luck.

A year ago, a grad­u­ate stu­dent in ge­ol­ogy at Aca­dia lost her cell phone on the edge of Pic­tou har­bour. She con­sid­ered the de­vice gone, but posted some­thing on her Face­book page any­way. The phone ended up be­ing found, but the salt­wa­ter in the har­bour did it no favours. Still it was re­turned.

A cou­ple of years ago I fool­ishly left my wal­let on top of my car af­ter filling up with gas in Cold­brook. I hadn’t even had time to miss the thing when a hand­some RCMP of­fi­cer was at the back door re­turn­ing my prop­erty. How lucky that the woman who found it had such a con­science. Luck again.

A woman in Mas­sachusetts lost her purse for al­most 20 years un­til it was fished out of a lake re­cently. Who­ever found her bag took the cash, weighed it with rocks and threw it in the wa­ter. For­tu­nately two rings and ID be­long­ing to Kim Flan­ders were still in­side. Once again Face­book al­lowed the fish­er­man to find her.

Ishu and Laura Rao, who only got mar­ried in the last year, re­turned to the rub­ble of their home in Santa Bar­bara County, Cal­i­for­nia to look for Laura’s wed- ding and en­gage­ment rings.

The house was in­cin­er­ated in a fast-mov­ing wild­fire last month that de­stroyed nine other homes, ac­cord­ing to Fox News. Ishu found the charred rings amid the ashes af­ter fig­ur­ing out where the kitchen sink had been. Then he got down on one knee and pro­posed a sec­ond time.

Find­ing the rings put ev­ery­thing into per­spec­tive, his wife said af­ter­ward. The dis­cov­ery re­duced the pain of the over­all loss and re­minded her of what re­ally mat­ters — the peo­ple in your life.

There are some great stories about pets re­turned af­ter years of ab­sence. A lit­tle par­rot in Cal­i­for­nia was miss­ing for four years and even­tu­ally lo­cated due to his mi­crochip speak­ing Span­ish.

For all in­tents and pur­poses Tallulah the tor­toise dis­ap­peared from Ox­ford, Eng­land for six months. She was lo­cated in a school field just 322 me­tres away from home. The nine-year-old pet hadn’t gone far, The Tele­graph re­ported, but she’d crossed a busy road­way and en­dured two snow­falls. Once again her mi­crochip as­sisted in find­ing her owner.

Even NASA has ac­knowl­edged it es­sen­tially lost a satel­lite 12 years ago. The space­craft had gone into or­bit in 2000 and func­tioned for five years find­ing cracks in the earth’s mag­netic field, noted the Wash­ing­ton Post, then it went silent. By some quirk, an am­a­teur sky watcher found it again ear­lier this year — still ro­tat­ing.

Most of us have lost some­thing valu­able. Gen­er­ally you just have to ac­cept the void, but once in a while, the uni­verse al­lows for some great re­turns — and they make the news.

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