LOST & pro-FOUND
Copyright Vladimir Kagan May 18, 2011
How everything in life has a purpose
With maturity (the polite word for old age), comes wisdom and forgetfulness - Hence it was not surprising that Erica could not remember where she put her driver’s license (after using it as an I.D. on our return from Palm Beach.)
Erica's frantic search for her driver's license
This triggered a furious three-day search. Not in her handbag – Not in my briefcase – Not on her desk in New York – perhaps with our Passports?... Our passports??? O.M.G…. I quickly remembered that I had left them in Nantucket!
Contrary to Erica, I know where everything is stashed and could direct our son Illya to their precise location. Unfortunately, Erica’s license was not to be found in Nantucket… but mercifully the passport were.
This might have been the end of the saga, but drama in our family manages to continue (no wonder a sagacious producer is thinking of making a reality show of our lives). Erica, in a panic, did not let up on the search for her driver’s license, though I assured her that she would not be driving in Istanbul. That did not abate her concern. The panic continued and the night before departure, she implored me to file a lost document application with the Mass. DOT…. A lengthy and lugubrious process, which included the need for her original Social Security card as the name on the card was not the same as on her license. This promted a second round of searching; in among other places - her wallet. There, “Lo and Behold”, innocently turned backside up, was her “lost” license!!!
All's well that ends well
The moral of this story: Everything in life, whether trivial or major - adverse or otherwise, has its purpose. Had Erica not misplaced her license we would have arrived at the airport for our European departure without passports! --- Had she not needed her Social Security card, we might not have found her license!…. Henceforth, do not cuss out your spouse for being forgetful…. There may be a good reason!
PS. I had also searched her wallet for the missing drivers license, and had not seen it, perhaps suggesting that with “maturity” should come regular eye check- ups!