Reader wishes to return some lost ‘treasures’
DEAR ANNIE: About 10 years ago, I was working on a remodel project and discovered a hidden “treasure”: three dusty books stashed above some ductwork. Two were personal journals, and another was an art book with sexy photographs from the 1980s.
I briefly glanced at the journals and noticed they dealt with some romantic breakups. I didn’t read past that. Since I didn’t know who the owner was, I put all three books back, figuring they were not meant for public consumption.
I recently returned to the same house and told the owner about the items. We debated whether or not to track down the author or let the dog sleep. I think enough time has passed that the author might be interested in having these things for sentimental reasons. What do you say?
Dear Al: If it were only the book with sexy photographs, we’d say leave it alone. But two journals might be of value to someone, and we think you should make an effort to return them. You already know that these things belonged to someone who lived in the house post- 1980, which should make tracing the author easier without pouring over the personal content. But it also means reopening the wall with the ductwork, so you will need the current owner’s permission.