Depending on the Kindness of Strangers


| 8/18/2011 12:05:22 PM


Tags: New Orleans, muffaletta, Jackson Square, lost identity, travel adventure, Ag Media Summit, kindness of strangers, , K.C. Compton,

Last month I was one of more than 600 agricultural editors, writers, designers, photographers, publishers and other communications professionals invited to New Orleans for the Agricultural Media Summit . I hadn’t been to New Orleans for more than 20 years and I was going there to teach a couple of writing workshops, which I enjoy, so I was stoked about the adventure.

And besides, New Orleans is home to one of my favorite sandwiches in the world: The Muffaletta. (Of course, for my money, you could spread olive tapenade on cardboard and I'd consider it good eating. Anything with sufficient quantities of olive tapenade gets my thumbs-up.)

Muffeletta Sandwich  

I got to the Kansas City airport at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to get through the security check point. I had remembered to put socks in my handbag before I left home so I wouldn’t have to walk barefoot through that icky security area, so at the checkpoint I dutifully put on my socks, stuck my shoes in one tub and my laptop in the other and off I went to my Louisiana adventure. 

At the St. Louis airport, I had a two-hour layover so there was plenty of time for a leisurely lunch. Except ... when I reached into my purse to pay for aforementioned leisurely lunch … there was no wallet. Knowing for a fact that this couldn’t really be happening, I calmly took everything out of my purse, stacked it all on the table, literally turned my (very large) handbag inside out and discovered that, yes-indeedy-roo, it was utterly true: My billfold was gone.  

Suddenly I remembered the two or three moments I had left my purse on the floor while I went to fetch the tubs and put on my socks. Exactly enough time for someone to reach into the open purse and adopt my billfold as his or her own.  

jenrok
9/14/2011 11:00:47 PM

It's nice to be reassured that not everyone is as dangerous as my mother (may have) implied as I was growing up. ;) That said, I'm shocked you made it through airport security at all with all that I've heard about it recently.


k.c. compton
8/22/2011 4:26:39 PM

Well, Mary – I kept hoping that one of my MANY calls to the airport and to Southwest Airlines and to the Kansas City police department would reveal that, indeed, someone had turned it in WITH the $300 cash still in it and they’d hold it for me until I came back from New Orleans. This didn’t occur. Living proof that Walt Disney was wrong: Wishing cannot make it so. And funny you should ask – my orchids both croaked a couple of weeks ago. Just up and gave up the ghost, like that. I tried so hard to be nice to them, too. :=> Dave – Thank you. That was a very nice thing to say. And yes, I’d have trouble even playing a crook on TV. I always wanted to look sort of exotic and mysterious, but … it just hasn’t been my destiny, I guess. And yes, it was very good to get back home, even though my dog has decided to develop separation anxiety now and has taken to eating toilet paper off the roll in worrisome quantities. It’s always something. --KC


mary carton
8/21/2011 9:47:47 PM

KC I left my wallet at a convenience store some where in Alabama while taking my Mom to Mobile. An hour later I stopped to get something to eat & realized it was gone. We hurried back to the last stop & I imagined all sorts of charges that would be on my card if it was missing. Much to my relief the next customer told the clerk about it instead to taking off with it and the clerk put it up. How are your orchids doing?


nebraska dave
8/19/2011 9:24:31 PM

K.C., What a scary experience. It's always Mom's voice in our heads that get us through the scary times in life. Isn't it? I can't imagine the knots gnarling up in your stomach when you first discovered that the wallet was missing. It always happens in the worst place at the worst possible time. I can't imagine a sweet face like yours could ever be taken as the look of a terrorist especially when there was terror on your face. It's always nice to get back home after a bad experience like that. Isn't it? Have a great editor day back at the office.





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