The other day I was rummaging furiously through my little bag for the parking ticket at the parking machine of a shopping centre when I noticed just beside me was another woman also frantically going through her much bigger bag. She turned to her friend briefly and said, with a hint of panic in her voice, “I think I left the parking ticket on the table where we had tea just now!”, and then promptly returned to her search.
It was then that she noticed me.
“You lost your ticket too?”, she asked.
“Yes”, I replied. “It’s probably inside one of these pockets”, I answered, feeling a little embarrassed.
We lapsed into silence as we both explored every corner of our bags for that elusive parking ticket, me silently cursing myself for misplacing it.
“It’s a little like the Amazing Race, right?”, she suddenly said, with a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous smile.
“Yeah! I know right!”, I answered, mild surprised by her words.
“Let’s see who finds the ticket, pay and exit this building first!”, she exclaimed.
It was then that my finger found the blardy ticket, tucked neatly in between the pages of last week’s church bulletin!
I promptly inserted the ticket, paid the appropriate fee and retrieved the ticket from the machine.
“You found your ticket, haven’t you!”, she said, looking at me holding my paid ticket. “Darn! I just lost 250,000 dollars!”
“Yeah, I’m sorry to tell you, you have been eliminated from the race!”, I answered with glee.
We had a good laugh before I bid her well and turned to leave while she continued her search. It was an unexpected serendipity. :)