Check Your Pockets

We bought our house in November 1999. A couple of months later we got tired of opening our garage door by hand and bought a garage door opener for our single car garage. The device came with two remote control “clickers”, one to attach to the sun visor in the car, and the other one to hang on a key chain. In November 2000 we were involved in an accident in which our car was totaled. Somewhere around that same time we realized that the keychain clicker was missing. We assumed that it had been left in the car wreck and stopped looking for it. Last Saturday, almost 6 years later, we found the keychain clicker neatly placed on one of the chairs on our porch beside the front door. Someone must have put it there. But who? Who found it, and where? And if someone found it, how could they know it was ours? And if someone found it outside after all those years, how come it wasn’t weathered and broken? And if we lent it to someone, why did they not bother brining it back sooner? Maybe they had forgotten and were now embarrassed about the delay? We tried hard to understand how this garage door opener ended up on our front porch after almost 6 years. Nobody seemed to know, and the mystery deepened. But we couldn’t but think what an incredible coincidence it was to stumble over the missing garage door opener just one week after our big basement clean-up and yard sale. And then it hit us: Someone must have bought an item from us, maybe a purse, or that old motorcycle jacket, and it probably had the opener somewhere inside it, for all those years. Those incredibly nice people who bought the item from us must have come back a week later to drop it off at our house, and we probably weren’t home at the time, who knows. But they left it for us anyway, without expecting a thank-you, just neatly placing it somewhere we could easily find it. Well, whoever it was, we would like to thank you so very much: Not only did you bring it back, but you also FOUND it for us. We might have another garage sale next week, because I can’t find my wallet anywhere…