It took me two years to save for and justify making the investment in an iPad … I am a single Mom and work for a nonprofit. As my 13 year old had reminded me “an iPad is a want, not a need.” So I truly felt I had hit the jackpot when I finally bought my iPad last January. What a world! Words with Friends! Netflix Movies and TV Shows! Listening Live to WBUR at work! Books! magazines! Recipes!
Whole. New. World.
And then one day a few weeks ago I got home from work and went to take my iPad out of my backpack. Not there. Weird, I must have left it at work. But I could not find it at work the next day, either. I Searched high. I searched low. Tore the house apart. Tore the office apart. Looked in the washing machine, oven, the garbage and the fridge. Had colleagues help look in filing cabinets and under desks.
Gone. Nothing. Just Totally Gone.
And then a week later, more mad at myself than anything else for being careless with something expensive that I treasured, I pulled into my parking lot and had a thought. I wonder if the bakery distribution center next door found an iPad? Maybe it dropped out of my backpack, or fell from the car. I walked up to the door and knocked and a woman who I had said hello to many times before but whose name I did not know said, almost as if she had been expecting me
“Oh, there you are. I was going to come look for you today. Last week someone left an iPad inside our front door. I am not computer literate but it had an apple on it, and one of our driver’s works at the Apple store on the weekend. He said he would take it to work and figure out who owned it, and he did. He just called a while ago and said your name and your address right here in this building. He said as soon as he was done his delivery route he was going to bring it to you.”
And he did. So, thank you Laurel Lee and Jay from Martin’s Famous Pastry Shop in Woburn, Massachusetts. I am in awe of and grateful to you both for your kindness, honesty and the huge effort you made on behalf of me - a stranger. Your loving hearts bring me more happiness than my iPad ever did. :-)
Post written by Liz Desmarais