I work as a maintenance worker for the second largest housing development in the area…with over 4,000 homes and counting. Every single day I find all sorts of interesting stuff…from clothing, to opened mail, to drug paraphernalia, to dead animals, to found notes such as the ones that I am submitting today. I started collecting … Continued

Really Really Really Sorry

I wonder if Paul ever sent this letter to Sarah. Did he change his mind and stuff the letter inside a book? Maybe Sarah got it and put it in the book. I’d like to think there was a happy-ever-after to this story but more likely these two drifted apart after this incident. Who knows?

Mom Had Her Own Life

Found this casually discarded by itself on top of a bookshelf in the main reading room of the New York Public Library (the Stephen A. Schwarzman building to be specific). I am torn between thinking it’s sad that a mom couldn’t say this in person to her kids, it sounds like she abandoned them, and … Continued

Dear Tooth Farey

I found this while going through old papers.


I was working at a Red Cross shelter set up to aid victims of an apartment fire. These guys lost everything, so we were taking donations of clothing. In one bag of clothes, I found the attached note.

Sorry, Mom

This note fell out of a book I bought at a thrift store. I can only imagine the backstory … mom pulls a freshly baked loaf of “omish” bread out of the oven and calls for Andrew to come in and enjoy some. Andrew comes to the table and looks at a loaf that resembles … Continued

I Will Not Fight

Found at the abandoned Patuxent Mental Hospital. The letter was followed by the statement, “I will not fight” written out 1,000 times.

Writtin My Info

This was stuck under my windshield wiper the other day at a strip mall. Whatever damage he did didn’t matter, because two days later I totaled my car in an accident.