FOUND by Francis DiClemente; Syracuse, NY
I found this note on the snow-covered ground while walking to a Rite Aid store earlier this year. I saw the scrap of faded blue paper and the heart icon caught my attention. I almost kept going, but the romantic amateur detective in me felt compelled to bend down, pick up the note and examine it.
The brevity and directness of the message made me smile.
“Dwight, I [heart] you. I don’t wanna fight.”
I assumed by the handwriting that the author was a young female. It could have been a note from a sister to a brother or a girlfriend to her boyfriend.
In just seven words, plus one icon, the girl had poured out her feelings to Dwight. She exposed her heart; she made the effort to reconcile.
I wondered if Dwight accepted her apology. But since I found the paper on the sidewalk, tossed aside in the snow, I suspected he did not. If that’s the case, I thought, maybe she’s better off without him.
Post-it note FOUND by Kim in Tacoma, WA
“Found in a shoebox of shelf brackets at a garage sale. I didn’t buy the brackets, but I confess to shoplifting the note after unfolding and reading it. I view it as a message of hope for hairy colorblind jackasses everywhere.” -Kim
Found by Dave in St. Louis Park, MN
“I found this note in a puddle on the sidewalk last October while walking down Texas Ave. I think Robert has learned at a young age the value of a formal letter.” -Dave
Found in a classroom
In an act of misguided scheduling, I was assigned a homeroom in the library while a different teacher had a homeroom in my classroom. When I got back to my room after the last homeroom session of the year, I found that a student had left behind one of these thank-you cards we distribute for the seniors to write to any of the teachers or staff in the district. I like to think that at least one student found the maturity to regret his or her behavior.
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FOUND by Drew C. in the glovebox of a repo’d car