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  • So you wanna hear a story?

  • Well, I used to know a whole lot of pretty interesting ones.

  • Some of them so funny you'd laugh yourself unconscious,

  • Others so terrible you'd never want to repeat them.

  • But now I can't remember any of those.

  • So maybe I'll just tell you about the time I found the lost thing.

  • This all happened many summers ago,

  • down on the beach

  • I was as usual, working tirelessly on my bottle top collections,

  • at least until I saw the thing.

  • I was sure I wasn't doing much,

  • it just sat there,

  • with a really weird look about it.

  • You know, a sad, lost sort of look.

  • Nobody else seemed to notice it was there.

  • They're all too busy doing other stuff I guess.

  • Hello?

  • It turned out to be really friendly,

  • and I played with the thing almost of the afternoon.

  • It was quite fun.

  • Yet, the whole time, I couldn't help feeling that something wasn't quite right...

  • As the hours slouched by,

  • it seemed less and less likely that anyone was coming to take the thing home.

  • Soon, there was no denying the unhappy truth;

  • it was lost.

  • I asked a few people if they knew anything about it...

  • I took the lost thing over to Pete's place,

  • Pete has an opinion on just about everything.

  • cool.

  • he said.

  • Pete didn't know what the thing was exactly;

  • but he said "well, it always does,

  • that all physical manifestations, could be identified empirically

  • though careful observation, calibrated measurement,

  • and controlled experimentation.

  • In the end, Pete just shrugged.

  • he didn't think the lost thing came from anywhere, and didn't belong anywhere either.

  • " Some things are like that..." He said.

  • " They are just plain lost."

  • It was nothing left to do but take this thing home with me.

  • As for my parents...

  • Well, I already knew that mom would be concerned about how filthy his feet were.

  • And dad would worried about all sorts of strange diseases.

  • They both just wanted me to take it back to where I found it.

  • " But it's lost."

  • I said.

  • Not that made any difference.

  • I decided to hide the thing in the back shed,

  • at least until I could figure out what to do next.

  • I mean I couldn't just leave it wandering around the streets.

  • The lost thing seemed happy then,

  • but I'm sure I couldn't keep it in the shed forever.

  • Mom and Dad will eventually notice when they came out looking for a hammer or something.

  • It was a real dilemma.

  • "Are you finding that the order of day to day life is unexpectedly disrupted?"

  • " Do you suffer from unclaimed property?"

  • Object without name?

  • Troublesome artifacts of unknown origin?

  • Things that just don't belong?

  • " DON'T PANIC!"

  • " We've got a pigeon hole to stick it in."

  • " The Federal Department of Odds and Ends."

  • The next morning, we caught a tram all the way into the city...

  • We arrived at a tall gray building with no windows.

  • It smelled like disinfectant.

  • " I have a lost thing..."

  • I called to the receptionist.

  • " Fill in the forms."

  • She said.

  • I was looking around for a desk,

  • and I suddenly felt something touch my elbow.

  • And then there was a tiny voice,

  • " If you really care about that thing,

  • you shouldn't leave it here.

  • " This is a place for forgetting, leaving behind.

  • here, take this."

  • " Cheers."

  • I said.

  • " You shouldn't leave it here..."

  • It was some kind of sign, I guess,

  • not very important looking.

  • but it did seem to point somewhere.

  • I still think about the lost thing from time to time,

  • especially when I see something out of the corner of my eye that doesn't quite fit.

  • You know, something with a wired, sad, lost sort of look.

  • I see that kind of things less and less these days.

  • Maybe there aren't many lost things around anymore.

  • or maybe......

  • maybe I've just stopped noticing them.

  • too busy doing other stuff, I guess.

So you wanna hear a story?

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    Tina Cheng posted on 2014/07/01
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