As I had written previously in my posting entitled A Tale of Lost and Found
https://omaskon.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/a-tale-of-lost-and-found-and-faith-vs-fate-and-all-that/ (link here) is fascinating that in life, of the off chance to recover what you have lost or misplaced.
Sadly, the handphone, belonged to Ajwad that was temporarily lost, which I found myself, was later lost forever, when he accidentally left it in the bus. Yes, some lost would be almost impossible to recover, and you just have to accept.
Worse still, my third child, Harith who lost his iPhone just about 3 months after it was purchased. That morning he followed me to the mosque for the Subuh prayer, on my bike. Everything was fine till we arrived back home when he yelled that he has lost his phone. We quickly went back to the mosque, frantically searched everywhere along the road, asked the Imam of the mosque and checked every inch of the prayer hall, to our frustration. It rang when I called, with noone answering, and towards the end of the day, the ringing tone was gone forever. That was a lost.
Now it was fair and square, the first child Widad, had also lost her old iPhone in a nearly similar way, except, I managed to track the phone using iCloud, knew where it was, but still unsure what to do. Report to police? Do you think they will be kind enough to go in search of your lost phone, keep hoping!
So today we had a lost again. Ajwad had lost his car key. It so happened that the Proton Satria, when I purchased had only one set of key (remote controlled) which up to these days we had never bothered duplicating. The boy was left alone at home, coming back from meeting friend. Slept overnight, only when we returned home he broke the news about the lost. Of course he went on search all over the place, the whole house was left unspared. In fact the search was so thorough that he began recovering items that previously was decided as permanent lost, such as Harith’s expensive spectacles! That was good, at leas the exercise has given a positive result if not in finding the key, but some other useful (and potentially more expensive) item.
As usual I took a bit of history. The boy came back late at night. Parked the car, turned of the ignition, walked out. He has this habit of leaving the car unlocked, so I guessed this time he did the same. Took out the house key and went inside, did a few things before retiring to bed. I asked him of what attire he wore, in case he had left the key sitting in his pant’s pocket. He said he was wearing a sarong, so one can imagine what way he would be holding the keys then.
A day nearly passed and the boy was frustrated, sat there or laid down all day thinking and doing nothing. Now he begged us to call the Proton garage to send a foreman to install new set of ignition key/alarm. We inisisted on trying or at least give another 24 hours, for what I wasn’t sure. There seemed to be nothing much we could think of. He had searched the shoe box, the settee, his room and his brother’s room, and everywhere like tables, boxes that he could have possibly dropped the key. Negative.
I went through the routine check around the house again, checked his trousers in case. then the bed, the settee again, but everytime I tried the wife kept saying that he had covered those areas nothing else left! For the final straw I tried to imagine his movement again right from the time he turned of the engine.
Engine off, key out, went to the shoe rack to pick something….then inside the house. At what point he dropped or misplaced the car key? Now I checked the car thoroughly, inside out, areas around it. Nothing. Finally I tried to think of something funny. Yes he went to pick up something at the shoerack. And he was wearing sarong, so maybe when he picked the stuff at the shoerack, he had to place his car key, which he was holding on his hand, somewhere. Bingo, he put down the car key, picked the item he supposed to take from the shoerack and went into the house, that’s it!
So I quickly rushed to the shoe rack, examined every inch of it, looked at all the shoes. Nothing. Huh…wait, another shoe rack. But all the shoes looked untouched, except my riding boots, one of which is sitting at the top rack, the other fell on the floor. I picked it and checked to find nothing. Next to it pair of my old office shoes which I have not worn for years, and no one has touched it. I shone the torch on it and yes! I saw the car key sitting quitely inside one of the shoes! Found, thank God
More lost, more found…
Trying to think the sequence of event – the last moment before the lost, does help. But sometimes you have to think of the unthinkable. Lastly, have the believe that the solution is simple, and never give up. Keep searching. This applies particularly with things lost at home, because you know more than likely it is hidden somewhere safe. But if the items are lost elsewhere than home, it would be much less likely to be found, since the chance that someone, or an opportunist to tamper with it would be anyone’s guess.
How can you reduce such a nuisance like losing keys, cheques or documents? I always think, the best way is to have a system to organise your storage. Filing for papers, hooks or special hangers for keys etc, though you will have to develop the good habit and force yourself to follow the system. Like the boy, who rarely keeps his keys in the tray specially made to keep our keys safe.
As an extended exercise, today, I have learned how to discover (again) a misplaced bike’s keys, an important document folder and a cheque. The cheque…I had been looking for it for ages, it’s from a company who paid me for consultation, I remember the amount was RM500, not huge but substantial enough that I can’t afford losing. So, here was the simple exercise.
Bike’s keys – the Triumph Bonneville. It’s almost always kept in the keys tray, but today I could not find it. So I traced the sequence of event again, I could hardly recall the last moment I used the bike. Definitely on Friday night when I came back to work. The trouble is I was not utterly sure whether I did use it again after that! Trousers pocket is the most common place, but there was nothing. Hold on, the riding jacket? negative. Bags – sling bag or backpack could be a possiblity, or could have left them in the car, during a rush to drive the family away. Nothing yielded the result and after exhausting almost everything, short of asking my family members whether or not they saw the keys, or even helped to locate them, I tried for the last time. Association – maybe I have kept the keys with another set of keys, like office keys? I have the habit of keeping the office keys in a bookshelf, one of the documents wallet. So off I went to check, and there I found it!
Back to the cheque – since I also lost the document that I kept along with other riding accessories like helmet and gloves, I knew my wife had been sorting them out and today we bought a shelf for stroing the helmets. Looks nice but where is my document folder? I asked her, and she pointed out to a large bag whereby she kept mixtures of documents, old and new letters some of which unopened. Going through the papers one after another, not long after I found the document folder, and next a few letters and bills that needed attention (poor me…), and finally the cheque – yes, found it! and guess what, it was dated in January 2015…luckily it has one year expiry date therefore I got sometime to cash it.
Bad enough for not organising our life
That’s the whole point. But, no matter how organised you are, someday you will be faced with a loss, or maybe your loved one therefore trying this formula may help.