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.
Oh no have you really given up on it finding it’s way back to you? If so this posting is by all accounts a suitable and heartfelt adieu to your G10! AND it made me laugh out loud- did you hear it? X
Shhh…I’m only Pretending to give up on it. That way, it will surely come back! Glad you liked it.