FOUND by Will Seidel in Hawthorne, California
I found this walking to work around 8am. It was a piece of elementary-school-style paper that had been folded to form a sort of card. I found it heartbreaking somehow.
FOUND by Laura in Atlanta, Georgia
I found this on the curb behind a house whose contents were being liquidated after the owner’s death. This color xerox, sloppily scissored and pasted onto a plain white sheet of paper, then tagged with a pre-printed caption, seemed like such a mix of forethought and complete carelessness I had to wonder who made it, for what purpose, and just how “proud” they really were. I scoured the sale for any other signs of these two award winners, but found none.
FOUND by Mark in Amherst, Massachusetts
My 13 year old daughter’s friend found this note tucked inside his locker at school. It’s not meant for him, and there are clues in the letter which may help them figure out who wrote it.
But the note contains something that makes it much more interesting than your typical middle school mystery love note: a secret recipe!
FOUND by Ian Westray against a low retaining wall near a school
Seems like a classic case of someone who’s been coming on a little strong, and wants to explain that she or he is trying to tone things down. “I will now use my eyes to make contact with you” may go badly wrong, but I love to imagine the writer trying.
FOUND by McKenah in a high school cafeteria
My friend and I were exiting our school cafeteria when we saw a note flutter to the ground. We didn’t get a chance to see who dropped it but whoever it was, she was chatting with the principle. My friend scooped it up and unfolded it quickly. we read it and started dying laughing and then argued over who could keep it.