words susan harlan | images cebe loomis
It’s sensible to know how to find a lost object.
First, check your immediate surroundings and where you were recently. Look in the obvious and less obvious spots. Recall where you have been. Look for your missing object where it’s supposed to be, or wherever it can usually be found. Search for the missing object in depth. Look for it on your body and in all the rooms of your house. It all hope is lost after going through these steps, replace the object.
Last week, I lost an earring. It was a red plastic ladybug. Sometimes people say ladybird. I knew I would never see it again.
People lose objects on beaches, and then old men with magnetic sensors look for these things in the sand. People lose things at sea. Boats are lost at sea.
I tell my students that the plays of Menander are largely lost to us. They come to us in fragments. They write this down. They say: Who is Menander? Menander is lost, too.
The Lost and Found Office is open Monday through Friday from 9-12. Please fill out a form (at right) with a full description of the object and your contact information. We will be in touch when and if the object surfaces. Please do not attempt to contact us by phone. If we contact you, remember to bring proof of identification to reclaim your object.
E-mails are getting lost in my Spam folder, but I don’t look for them because it’s too much trouble, and I don’t care what they say.
The headline reads: Subject of Escondido Search Says She Was Never Lost. “I was never lost,” she said to the local news station. “My boyfriend and I were fishing, and we just got separated from each other. He was worried.” Although her family did not realize she was lost until she was found, they were still relieved.
I’m sure I must have lost things that I do not miss, but as I don’t miss them, I don’t know that they are lost.
In order to establish that you have lost the item in question, you must know that you once possessed it. There are no steps for doing this. You will have to figure it out on your own. On a related note, there is no reliable approach to finding lost time.
There is likewise no way to find lost aspects of your character.
However, you can find a lost subject in much the same way that you find a lost object. Go through the steps outlined above. Think in particular about where you last saw the lost subject. Maybe it was on a park bench one evening, or in a hallway, or at a table in a restaurant. Many people say that they have lost subjects at restaurants. Think about why you lost this missing subject. Was it the result of neglect? This might help. If all hope is lost after following the steps above, replace the lost subject.
Objects in museums are lost. A porcelain figurine of a dancing lady tries to remember where she used to live. At night, in her dark curiosity cabinet, next to green glass cups and floral fans, she dreams of her former home, on a stack of books, on an end table, in someone’s guest room.
Pens are almost as easy to lose as people. I once lost someone who used a particular kind of pen – short and narrow ink pens in the color blue. He would hook the pen clip over the top of a book to keep the page. Now I see these pens in stationary stores, but I never buy them because they should remain lost.
You can also find a lost place by following the steps outlined above. Make a list of the qualities of the place, and then look for these things. If you lost New York City, for example, you might consider looking for dyed-blue daisies at bodegas, or rats in the subway, or sunsets over New Jersey. You might look for gutter water that smells of urine and has pieces of retched wet bagel floating in it. You might look for duck ponds and daffodils. If you follow these instructions – with some necessary variations for your particulars – you, too, can find a lost place.