What goes around comes around

I have often heard people say this but I have no idea what it means, though the events of the last few weeks may illustrate it.

Three weeks ago, despite my usual precautions, I lost my bus pass. The next day I found that someone had posted it through the letterbox.The pass has no address on it, but it does have a mugshot straight out of the Police Gazette, so I had to assume that whoever posted it had recognised me.

Two days after that, I was leaving the recycling point when I met a woman who smiled and asked if I’d got my pass. I didn’t recognise her and wasn’t sure how she recognised me. And having recognised me, how did she know where I lived? (We live in a farmhouse which is relatively secluded.) I was so grateful I might have hugged her, but she was saved from this fate by the bag of shopping she had in each hand. A wise precaution on her part.

Today I was returning from my daughter’s apartment when I saw a young woman opening the door to a block of student flats. She dropped her purse on the pavement. I tried to return it but was baulked by the Entryphone security system.

When I finally got someone to open the door, she was Chinese. Do you know Rhea Fitzwilliam, I asked, in my best Cantonese? (We don’t have a Confucius Institute here for nothing.) She did not. But when I flipped open the wallet and showed her Rhea’s photograph she recognised her at once.

So this is the way I see it. Miss Fitzwilliam is now under an obligation to find a missing document and connect it with its owner. Isn’t that how it works? We impose significance wherever we can.

 

9 thoughts on “What goes around comes around

  1. Charlotte Hoather – I'm a soprano and set up my blog whilst training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and during my Masters at the Royal College of Music 2012-2018. I’m now trying to find work as a freelance musician and continue training in London in Opera, Dance and Acting.
    Charlotte Hoather on said:

    Good karma 😊

  2. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    Neatly put, Charlotte!

  3. gerard oosterman – australia – Artist, blogger and writer of hundreds of thousands of words with bad grammar and out of syntax as an extra bonus. All in a certain order. I came to Australia from Holland with my parents in 1956 and have looked back ever since. Here are some of my verbal doodling and reminiscences.
    gerard oosterman on said:

    I lost my glassses once when knocked down by a large wave close to the beach on Indonesia’s island of Lombok. Lombok is a large vulcano and the beaches bank down steeply into the ocean. Within a few metres of the beach you cannot stand up in the water anymore. I assumed my spectacles would gently roll down to the depth of the sea.
    Next morning my wife and I went for a walk along this beach and I found my glasses washed up on the sand.
    The sea had returned my glasses.

  4. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    That is amazing. I assume wave motion found a way of moving them up against gravity.

  5. Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a columnist for NEA Today. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning
    Jacqui Murray on said:

    Love stories with happy endings. I may pay it forward for my next eventual loss.

    • rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
      rod on said:

      Maybe you won’t have a loss.

  6. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    And hope the Sandman comes.

  7. Carrie – NE Ohio – Carrie Rubin is a physician-turned-novelist who writes genre-bending medical thrillers. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers association and lives in Northeast Ohio.
    Carrie Rubin on said:

    I love the interconnectedness of that. Kind of like paying it forward.

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