scream 2 – electric bugaloo.


when the guts of my electronic car key

mysteriously disappeared a month ago

after having coffee with my friend

i searched everywhere

and tried to consider every possible scenario

wondering how the insides came out

and where they went

between the time i had coffee

and the time i returned to my car.

flash ahead to now –

i finally surrendered

went to the dealer

 showed them the empty fob

to get their opinion

said they had never seen anything like it before 

 gave me the number to contact their corporate headquarters

to get them to cover a replacement

when i got home

i was cleaning out my office/art studio/room of fun

 putting away a gift

that my same coffee friend had returned with from ireland 

 it was put in a bag from a local store

wrapped in tissue paper

as i went to throw out the bag

i pulled out the tissue

tipped over the bag

(that held the gift i had opened before but not yet put away)


out fell

a small black and red item

i took a closer look

there was the missing inside piece from my key.

it had been returned to me through some twist of fate

literally fell right into my hands

in much the same sudden and unexpected manner

that it had disappeared

one month and one country later.

“i find that, usually, answers present themselves. they are not hidden under rocks or camouflaged among trees. answers are right there, in front of our eyes. but if you haven’t cause to look, then of course you will probably never find them.”
-cecelia ahern



54 responses »

  1. I am trying to reconstruct the life I led prior to computers and facebook and columns and animal saving and book writing…I am finding that this type of maddening occurrence which you reference is happening to me multiple times DAILY and NIGHTLY…I am now understanding edgar allan poe type craziness in my own aging soul…either my mom is haunting/taunting me from beyond…or gremlins? don cares not one whit about what I am going through…rod serling, where are you?

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  2. So pleased it turned up. I wonder why it jumped into the bag in the first place. Maybe it thought it would be going travelling – those little car trips are not travel enough! 🙂

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  3. I lost my cell phone a few months ago. Retraced every step I had taken from the time I last held it in my hand until the time I noticed it was gone. It was a small area of space and time that passed between having it and losing it. Still a mystery. Kind of like socks that go in the washer and are never seen again.

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  4. Hi Beth, June 13th is the feast day of St Anthony who is often invoked by the Irish to find lost items. (The prayer goes something like “Dear St Anthony please come around, something’s lost that can’t be found. Amen”) Coincidence?

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  5. In our going, Beth … as you know, as well as I know … we are releasing, and embracing, sometimes the releasing is not what we planned for or what we prefer, and sometimes the embracing is not what we planned for or prefer … Great quote … We need to keep searching. Good post, my friend.

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  6. Circular and lovely ending! 🎩
    My Dad used to say it isn’t until you curse the ‘gods of lost things’ and make a fool of oneself then the item will return by same gremlins!!’
    I have anounced I am missing something (except the summer of two stolen purses) and have people stop what they are doing to help me search. . . Voila! Magically appears!

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