Thursday, May 2, 2013

It takes a village

...to find a missing phone

Last night, I went to get my smartphone out of my workbag. It wasn't there. I tried calling it from Skype. No buzz.

I posted on Facebook that I had lost it, and a Facebook friend tried calling it. No phone.

I backtracked to the convenience store where I had stopped on the way home. No phone.

I made my way back to the office, where my late-working coworkers were surprised to see me pop in. No phone.

I headed back out. My supervisor and supervisor supervisor followed me. I said goodbye, and they said they wanted to help me search.

We looked on the street, and made our way back to Seicomart. We searched again, and they gave their info to the Seicomart people in case the phone showed up.

They helped me search the street back to my house, and then called my phone a few times to look for it. Nothing.

This morning, I went to school an hour away. My office called the school to check and see if I'd found it. One of my English teachers was concerned, so he called the cell phone company while the other looked up information. They also called the police. The teachers helped me get the phone shut off, just in case it had fallen into nefarious hands.

After I got back, I had to go get a lesson plan from the office. Everyone was very sympathetic about my lost phone, and one of our division chiefs called the police again.

I made my way home, slowly searching again as I went. When you don't know where something is, it's hard to take a break from searching.

Around 8:30, my doorbell rang. It was my supervisor! Seicomart had found my phone! We drove to the store, and they brought out my phone. I recognized the garden dirt that got stuck in the cover.

As it turns out, my phone was found in the coffee area. I mean, I know I like coffee, but how did it get there?

Anyway, I was so happy, I think I thanked everyone 40 times. My supervisor helped me get my phone set back up, and then it was time to start sharing the good news.

I feel like the woman in the Bible who had a party after she found the lost coin.

Let's party, everyone!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Such a well-written post, Elizabeth. I enjoyed every word of it--even the 2nd time through when I read it to Jon and Jim.

Your work people are SO caring! What a blessing!