As everyone knows, by now, I walk the dogs every morning for about an hour and a half. I have grown to love this time alone with my dogs (I usually have two of them with me. My husband is with the other two) to just see what I see, think through whatever problems may be bugging me at the time, and to just enjoy the progress the dogs have made in their training.
About a week ago, my Truman, Achilles, and myself were on our route back toward home. As we are walking, I am looking around at different things, seeing what plants are in what stage of the growing season, when I notice something sticking out of a little bush. I inspect it visually to make sure what it is (yes, I have come across needles this way. Diabetes management? Could be, but….). A man’s wallet. A Final Fantasy VII wallet.
I pick the wallet up and a SIM card and bank card fall out. I grab them and put them back in a slot inside the wallet. I search the contents to find an ID card or driver’s license. Yes! There is one. I stick the wallet in my back pocket and the dogs and I continue on our way.
As soon as we are home, I ask my daughter if she would like to take a ride with me. She is on the computer. “Where?” she asks. I open the wallet and toss the ID card next to the computer.
“Please look up this address on Google Maps.”
She does, writes down the directions, and we head out.
It takes about 20 minutes to get into the area indicated by the address on the ID card. We find the place. Fenced yard with a “Beware of dog” sign. Hmmm… I knock on the side of the trailer. I yell out a greeting and inquire if there is anyone home. No response. No mailbox, at least none that I can find anyway. What to do?
In my van, I find a plastic grocery bag, place the wallet inside with a note indicating where I had found the wallet, then go search around the gate to find a spot I believe will be adequate for leaving the wallet, safely, yet have it still be findable. Got it!
My daughter and I hop back in our faithful Windstar and head toward home. Good deed done. Yes, I could have used some of what was in the wallet, but I know how it is to lose a wallet, money. I left no contact info. I don’t need a reward if one were offered. Returning the wallet wasn’t about what it would get or do for me. Its the right thing to do, and I try to do that every chance I get.