And there it was. In a dusty corner of the bedroom. The earring. The cool, black and brown enamelled drop earring that I had lost at least a year before. After a fruitless search I had, in disgust, thrown away its mate.
Finding that earring is probably the reason I now have a collection of single earrings..hanging on a pegboard... in a china cup...in a blue Tiffany pouch.
Apparently I will keep them forever in the hope that I will one day find their partners...under the bed, in a pocket or rarely used bag.
That's where I found the two necklaces I had all but given up any hope of ever finding again. In the outer zipped pocket of a gym bag. I was overjoyed. Even though I had bought a necklace identical to the one that was missing.
Right now it's my camera. Who loses a camera? I had just finished teaching a class at Norwalk Community College and had taken a very cool picture of Donald and Renee Bain. (The Bains are not suspects.)
I will probably look for that #$%^ camera until we move. Or sell the car.
How long do you keep looking for things when they are lost???
RHYS BOWEN: I misplaced (refuse to say lost) a credit card last week. It was one that I take out of my wallet when I travel. I know I must have put it somewhere safe and sensible but I've looked and looked everywhere. So we had to ask for new cards. But I bet it will turn up where I least expect it.
I'm a great fan of asking St Anthony to help find something I've lost and sometimes the results are amazing. I lost my watch and searched everywhere, but when I asked St. Anthony there it was in a drawer of my jewelry case--where I know I would never have put it!
My best long-term find--I lost the sapphire from my ring. Was sure it had gone down the shower drain. Months later we had a new house cleaner who said, "I just found this blue stone. Is it important or is it just glass?" Now I had definitely cleaned the house in the months between. And I am always finding earring backs in my bedroom carpet. Next time I'll get a smooth carpet. This one is too shaggy.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: At first, I frantically look. EVERYWHERE.
But if the thing does not appear, I stop. I just--stop, because it is not meant to be found, and the panic of looking makes it disappear even longer. So at some point, actually, pretty early on, I give up. Looking does not help. The thing is somewhere, of course. And it will reappear when the time comes.
Let me just say again. Looking does not help.
The only thing that has never resurfaced are my darling kitchen curtains from when I lived in Atlanta and moved to Boston.. That was 1983. I think those are gone.
We will not discuss The Borrowers, which I am convinced do exist.
HALLIE EPHRON: Oh, Ro, I keep orphaned earrings, too. And very often the mate turns up. Over the years I've lost many pieces of jewelry, including a pearl ring that flew off my hand while playing volleyball. Never to be found. And a (small) diamond fell out of my wedding ring. Such an awful feeling when you look down and see those vacant prongs.
My mother-in-law was great at finding jewelry. She once sat down on a park bench and found a diamond ring. And we were walking with her once in Central Square in Cambridge and there on the sidewalk in front of the fire station she found a very large Victorian cameo brooch.
ROSEMARY: Gorgeous pin! I probably would have lost it by now...
So how long do you look for things??