The Missing Wallet

Lately, I have been in a state of disaster.

I have been very sick, my husband is out of town for the week, and I am so behind on laundry that I actually had to buy my son more underwear just so he could go to school. (Please tell me this is not crazy? Someone out there can relate, yes?)

So, after it snowed this week in Richmond, AGAIN, and after being stuck in the house by myself with a 4 year old for two days straight AGAIN, on Wednesday, there was the miracle of school.

Except I have no clean pants. So I wore my husband’s sweatpants to take my son to school and then went to Target to buy glamorous things like toothpaste, cat food, and laundry detergent.

I completed my Target mission and headed home to enjoy one hour of solitude when the phone rang.

wallet“This is your credit card company. You’ve recently lost your wallet?”

“Um, no I didn’t,” I replied.

“Do you shop at Target?”

“Yes…” I hesitated.

“We have received a call from the Fire Department. Someone found your wallet in the Target parking lot and turned it into the Fire Department. They called to alert us. We are placing a temporary hold on your account and contacting you to let you know.”

“What?” I dug through my purse as she was speaking and sure enough, my wallet was no where to be found.

“Oh my gosh I didn’t even know it was missing! Thank you so much!”

“You are very lucky! What a kind Samaritan to turn in your wallet for you! We never hear these things on the news, but there really are good deeds being done everyday!”

“Yes, thank you so much for calling!”

After getting the information for the Fire Department, I called them and said, “I believe you may have my wallet?”

“Yes, mam, we do. You can come retrieve it at any time.”

I rushed over to the Fire Department still decked out in no make up and my husband’s sweat pants, and dropped my keys as I walked into the Fire Department. You know, just to make sure to represent myself as a complete disaster.

The fire officers laughed at me a bit and said, “You didn’t even know this was missing, did you?”

“No! I had no idea!”

I explained the whole story; the morning Target trip, the credit card company phone call, and the rush up to the Fire Station.

“Well, this woman found your wallet in the Target parking lot. She wasn’t sure what to do with it, and didn’t feel comfortable turning it into Target, so she drove it up here to us. We looked through trying to find a way to contact you and we know where you live, bank, shop, and even where your son goes to school. We even Googled you and found your blog. We figured everything out about you except your phone number, so we contacted the credit card company hoping they would get in touch with you.

You are incredibly lucky. Anyone could have taken your wallet or if the woman had turned it into Target who knows what would have happened to it then. You should be very thankful that this woman had such a kind heart.”

“Yes, I am! And thank YOU so much for getting in touch with me! I just can not believe this happened, thank you so much for all that you do! I am actually off to get my son now!”

I drove away thinking maybe my life is not such a disaster after all. Who knows? Tomorrow I may even do laundry and put on some real pants.

I would like to extend a HUGE  THANK YOU to Richmond Fire Department 24 on Forest Hill Avenue for taking the time to find me and return my wallet, and most of all thank the kind woman who found my wallet in the Target parking lot. If you know who this kind person is, (or if it’s you) I would love to tell you thank you in person! I love hearing stories of good deeds around Richmond and I am so thankful to have been on the receiving end of one.

Have you experienced or done a good deed around Richmond? Tell us about it!