I have faith in people’s honest which I learned when I was visiting with relatives many years ago, They had a friend of them visiting and she was getting married. It was such a privilege to be part of her anticipation, to share the joy of someone’s life changing. They had booked a wedding reception at the best hotel the day after, and we were invited to join a breakfast with the best of her friends.
We all went out for a southern breakfast and I learned that grits are not for me but it didn’t matter much with such a joyful company. I only remember the cheerfulness that lasted until we were about to pay. That’s when the bride to be realized that her wallet was missing. The woe was not just the money lost, it wasn’t that she didn’t have her driver’s license, but in that wallet was her wedding ring. The ring was very special, it was a heirloom from the groom’s family, and she had just been at the jeweler to have it modified. I will never forget how she went from being the happiest bride to be, to something close to a mourning widow in just an instant. She went and called her mother and came back a changed woman. Someone had called her family and told that they had found her wallet at a gas station (note to self: never leave your wallet on the roof of a car).
Afterwards what amazes me mostly is not how it had happened but the surprise in everyone. How can anyone be so honest? I was not surprised and realized that I, and most of the people I know would have done exactly the same: We would try our best to get hold of the person who has lost their possessions. I actually have faith in honest people. Most people do not keep a wallet that they find. That faith lasted until I lost my wallet and I realized that someone kept it for themselves.
not even sparrows —
squabbling at the windowsill
notice falling stars
Today Mish hosts the Haibun Monday at dVerse and want’s us to write about faith. As I’m not overly religious I prefer to write about my faith in humans. I actually believe that most people wants to do their best.
April 2, 2018