Today’s news comes from the lost and found pages on my favorite online message board.
The white cockatiel is still missing; the wedding ring, too.
But found are the kayak paddle, swim fins, and the Madonna with child.
Someone is specializing in the finding of white furry pets. It is unclear whether this particular focus has to do with the white ones being easier or harder to find, or if some deliberate effort is made to ignore pets of other colors in order to preserve some measure of brand identity in a niche market.
A male husky in the southeast once was lost, but now is found.
Today’s top story involves the finding of money. Or rather, that whoever found seems to be a large sum is now trying to give it back. Please respond, the message says, with exact details of what you lost.
In related news, someone else wants it known that the couple that saved them when their kayak capsized has restored their faith in the ability of people to do right by one another.
Meanwhile, there is a turquoise parakeet out there somewhere, and a young girl missing him. He goes by Morris, also Moe Moe, and the absence of his ongoing conversation is felt in a now-quiet household of three. There is an open cage in the front yard, waiting for his return.
There is hope and a plea: Cash reward, please call––
and a child at the window, waiting, repeating a familiar refrain: Please, come back.
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