I am one of those people that locks their keys in the car with it running, leaves the car lights on so the battery dies (I carry jumper cables with me everywhere), leaves my purse everywhere imaginable-restaurants, cars, work, and so much more, I could go on forever. Am I unlucky or just plain careless? As much as I’d like to say I am unlucky because it sounds better, I’m not, I am careless.
Through my carelessness I have left my purse and wallet in multiple restaurants and I actually dropped my driver’s license in the street, all of the above done days prior to going on vacation. I do consider myself lucky because as a result of my carelessness any one of these situations could have been a complete disaster.
For my 21st birthday Chris and I had planned a vacation to Las Vegas. A few days prior to this vacation we went out to lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch on the way home from this restaurant I realized I didn’t have my wallet. Chris promptly took me back to the restaurant to check the booth we were sitting in, not even 10 minutes had passed, but sadly my wallet was already gone. I had no credit cards or license for our upcoming trip which could have been a problem for getting on the plane and gambling but luck me had my old under 21 driver’s license at home. I just had to explain in every casino when I was proofed that they needed to check my birthdate and not go by the “Under 21” in bold print on my license. Even luckier was that I had been carrying over $400 in cash from my paycheck and had just took it out of my wallet before leaving for the restaurant. A few weeks later my wallet came back to me in the mail, sans $60 and blockbuster gift certificate, and basically completely useless because I had cancelled all my credit cards and had gotten a new license by this point, but otherwise intact.
You would think I would be more careful after I lost my wallet, but I still managed to leave my purse places. Two years ago a few days before a family trip to Lake George my husband and I went out to a bar with a friend. We drank, played darts and had a great time. When I got ready for work the next day I couldn’t find my husband’s key to his car where I had my nursing bag that I needed to do my job (I was using his keys because I had lost my very expensive keyless key to his car). I then looked for my purse which shockingly was also missing, I had left it in the bar by the dartboard. I was lucky his car was open and I was able to get my nursing bag out to go to work in our other car but I had to wait until 11am when the bar opened to see if they had my purse. Lucky for me they had it and it was completely intact, nothing stolen. Once again disaster averted and we were able to go on our Lake George trip as planned.
After these experiences I stopped carrying a purse when I went out, I usually would just carry a small wallet with a credit card and my license in my jacket pocket. Last year we took a family trip to California for my new niece’s baptism. On the Sunday prior to leaving after I finished work my cell phone rang and I recognized the number as patient’s that I had seen earlier that day. I wasn’t going to answer because they are not supposed to call us on our cell phone but I did anyway. It happened to be the son of the patient and he was asking me if my full name was Antoinette, and I said yes, and he said he had my driver’s license that he found in the street in front of his house. I had been carrying my license in my coat pocket because I didn’t take my purse when we went out the night before because I didn’t want to lose it. My license must have fallen out in the street when I took my cell phone out of my coat. This was probably the luckiest of all the stories because I wouldn’t have even noticed my license was missing until we got to the airport on Wednesday and then I would have been screwed.
I am one lucky girl but I wouldn’t need luck if I were more careful with my things. I’d love to say that these experiences have made me more aware and less careless but just a few months ago I left my purse at a bar and had to go back to retrieve it….lucky for my the waitress put it behind the bar and nothing was missing. I guess some things never change.
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