With Christmas quickly approaching, there is always the hustle and bustle of more to do. The shopping, wrapping, setting plans to meet with family. For most, it's a happy time of the year.
This year has been a bit tough for me. Facing a job loss next year, I suddenly got sick (but that's not the point of this story). To compound things, my wife will be having surgery soon, but nothing too serious and she should be back on her feet soon. Well, our oldest daughter needed a new car, so my wife, my son, and I decided to pitch in $2000 to help her out for Christmas. Well, I had taken out a few hundred dollars to start on my share. While out and about yesterday I managed to loose my wallet. Like most people, it has everything I need for day-to-day living.
I looked everywhere I could to try and find this. Finally after searching my house, car and any other place I could think of. I figured I may have left it at work. I tried to not worry last night and waited for day. In the morning, I called my co-worker and asked if it was on my desk (he gets in real early, me not so much). He looked around and then informed me that he did not see it on my desk. Dismayed, I started calling all the places I had been yesterday.
Lets see, Physical Therapy, Barnes and Noble, then the gym. I call them all to no avail. I was crushed. Not only was the $500 from me in my wallet for her gift, I had ATM, credit cards, licensees. This was going to be a pain to replace everything. I checked all my online statements and everything looked fine. It was time to start calling banks to get things turned off and replaced.
About the same time, my oldest daughter (the one to get the gift) called me and asked if I had lost my wallet. I let her know that I had, but how did she know? I had not told any of my kids.
She informed me that when she went to go get the mail today, my wallet was in there.
Yeah, your wallet was in the mailbox. Someone had driven to my house and returned it...with everything. All the cash, lotto tickets, ATM, Credit Cards... the works.
I was dumbfounded. With all going on, it's great to know that there are still honest good folks out there. Who understand what loosing something like that would mean to someone. There was no note, no, here you go, just my wallet.
Thank you so much for being such an awesome person... whoever you are.
Similar thing happened to me, very happy lucky moment...
I went to one of the busiest beaches in the Netherlands with my 8 year old daughter a couple of months ago while the Pokemon Go hype was at its peak, so I let her carry my phone to play Pokemon Go. My phone cover holds the plastic cards I use on a regular basis. After walking for a while and almost getting back to the car, I get my phone back and notice three cards are gone; my drivers license, credit card and train card. I realized there was absolutely no point in trying to trace back our steps and search for the cards, so I expected I had to block the cards and have to replace all three of them. Then, about two minutes later, whilst feeling very unhappy with the expectation of having to go through the hassle of replacing them all, I get a text message: a colleague (who I didnt know) had found my cards. My train card is paid for by our company, so our company name is on it. So he looked up the name on my cards in the company's phone database and found me. Just had to text him back to ask where he was at that moment, and got my cards back!
I have had some Christmas miracles happen to help me out. Me and my wife decided when she first got pregnant with our kid almost 2 1/2 years ago that I needed to go back to school (again) As I already had a doctorate, but didn't add up to anything. So we decided I would go back to school for nursing. I found a year program and had to borrow some money to pay for it from my parents. I have since graduated and found a job to work as much as I can, in fact I'm on call right now as I am typing this. With more than 200,000 dollars in student loan debt, we decided we needed save as much money as we can. Our goals are to save up for another car (we share the one car we have) save up to buy a house in 5 years or so, and to pay for my nurse practitioner program. So as I am busy working as much as I can, and going to school, my wife and I decided we couldn't spend money on board games. I decided that board games were really important to me and for us to enjoy, so I found a ton of giveaways sites to start entering these giveaways so I could get some new games to play. In the past month I have won a couple new games. This has made out Christmas better. When growing up this time was all about playing games with the family from morning till night. Oh i miss it!