Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers

Today I did something really silly, and it was only the honesty and kindness of a random stranger that saved me from annoyance, inconvenience, distress and confusion.

My lovely MIL phoned this morning and offered to meet me at an amazing fabric store in Wyong (the ONLY redeeming feature of Wyong - let me assure you - unless you live there in which case I'm sure its a very nice place :).

On the drive up there, I diverted into a baby store to hunt for a gift for a friend soon-to-be-mother. Gift located, I went to the counter to pay with my eftpos card. When it came time to enter my pin, I got.stage.fright. I couldn't for the life of me recall the number! Admittedly its a newish card, but still it is just four numbers and surely even my baby-brain can cope with that???

Apparently not.

This is where my story starts to go pear shaped. Embarrassingly unable to pay for my purchase, I left Fern at the store (smacks for me) and sprinted to my car to search for the bit of paper with the pin on it. Because you know, I leave my pin in the car. It is such a safe thing to do. Uhhuh.

Pin located, I sprinted back to the store and paid for my purchase. Remembering my daughter this time, I got her into the car and drove to the material shop. When we got there, I couldn't quite find my purse but figured I'd go inside anyway and worry about it later. After a happy 20 minutes or so with my nose buried in fabric, I returned to my car to locate purse.

No purse. Anywhere.

I realised I must have left the purse at the baby store and gave them a call. NO PURSE.

OMG how have I lost my purse between the baby shop and my car??? With pretty much my entire livelihood stored inside that purse I begun to panic. Then, I noticed a message blinking on my mobile phone. I rang the number. A lady named Kath answered and told me she had my purse, that it had gone sailing off the roof of my car as I was driving down the highway and that her husband had stopped to pick it up. They had had to go through it to find my details, but that everything should be back where they found it. Can you believe the honesty and integrity of this woman??

There is no moral to this tale aside from my realisation that there is still some good in this world... and thank God for that!!

nb. On an even brighter note, I bought some yummy fabrics today, including these below with which I have already created something! Can you guess what? I'll post a pic of my handiwork tomorrow for you!



  1. Lucky fish to get your purse back. My bag with purse and phone and all went flying off my car roof in South Africa. Never did see it again!! Drat...what are you making? A quilt? Something for Easter? Whaaaat? Love the fabric!

  2. Sounds like it was one of those days!!! :) What a lovely couple who found and returned your wallet. LOVE the fabrics you've bought - can't wait to see what you do with them!! x

  3. Whoa...I felt all flustered reading that! What a lucky day for you honey..and lucky that there are still honest people in the world.
    My guess on your little creative project..a Teepee.... lol x

  4. Ha ha Anna how do you remember all these projects I say I will do that..... never quite eventuate?! Suffice to say, it is not a teepee!!!!

    Raewyn thats awful and being OS did you lose your passport????

    Amanda, all will be revealed today!!

  5. Wow, what a lovely woman! And love the fabrics, look forward to seeing what you do with them!
    p.s. I left u a blog award on my blog today. No pressure to take part just to say I like your blog.

  6. Pin numbers drive me crazy! I have tried what I thought have been mine so many times & I still can't remember......I'm going to have to get a new card issued because I have no idea.

  7. I have had a few days like that lately - a few too many actually :) What a lovely lady. I can't wait to see what you have created with that beautiful fabric.



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