I lost my camera on my way back from England last November. It was quite stupid, really.
Broke the rule of ‘don’t have too many satellites around you’, so I lost track of one of them and Voila.
For a time I thought it might show up, so I trawled lost and found sites, called International Airlines, had a local friend make a ‘Don’t mess with me, I’m not a tourist’ phone call, but to no avail.
It is lost.
The worst part, of course, is the tiny memory card inside, for which I would gladly sacrifice my trusty camera, just to have that in my hands. Those photos for which I struggled to keep the camera still, because I was smiling so large or laughing so loud!
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away” said Eudora Welty. I’m afraid I let about 357 carefully chosen moments run away.
I beat myself up…for a long time…was I losing more than my camera? Brain cells?
I started to think about my lost images, the joyful moments embedded on that teeny card, but I suppose embedded, also, on my memory.
(It would be nice to have the card, since you can’t see my memory.)
Maybe I’m not going crazy, maybe I simply had too many things to carry.
My daughter’s friend had her cell phone stolen right off the table while they were in a restaurant having dinner last week! Ok, stuff happens.
Giving in to the fact that my camera will not be returned, I have bought a new one. It looks different, feels different, and at least for a little while, I can blame the tool and not the technician, for bad shots.
During one conversation with the Lost and Found Department at Heathrow Airport, I was asked, for identification purposes, what size memory card was in the camera. I didn’t remember. I had several and forgot which one was in the camera at the time. She must have thought I was a scammer, trying for ill-gotten goods, even though, it turns out, there wasn’t one Canon G10 in the lot.
So, I lost my camera, but learned 2 very good lessons…
#1, If you have 2 hands, don’t carry 3 things,
and #2, PAY attention to details! One day someone will ask you the size of your memory (card) and it looks quite ridiculous to say, I forget!
There is no photo on this post in homage to my lost camera.