Sometimes you don’t know how much something means to you until . . .
I looked. I looked again. What on earth?
My jewelry box was missing.
Where could it have gone?
It was late. I was tired. But I couldn’t sleep–not now. I began searching. Under the bathroom sink, behind the toilet, in my backpack, in the trashcan . . .
In the trashcan? you’re probably thinking. Are you crazy?
Perhaps I should explain.
By “jewelry box,” I don’t really mean jewelry box . . . I mean, I do, but not in the traditional wood-box-with-a-lock kind of a sense.
I’m a simple girl. I don’t wear much jewelry. I almost never wear necklaces or bracelets, and the vast majority of my earring collection (which is all of about seven pairs) is made up of tiny, inexpensive pieces that, until last night, I kept in jewelry-sized cardboard gift box on my bathroom counter.
And now it’s gone. And I have no idea where it went.
It’s a sad case of over-zealous cleanliness, I suspect. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a clean freak—I probably cleaned that counter top five times last week. Perhaps my tiny box got tossed into the trashcan with Windex-covered paper towels when I wasn’t paying attention?
And maybe it shouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not, really. After all, since none of the items were expensive, they can always be replaced, right? But, but . . . See, although inexpensive, many of the earrings held sentimental value. I distinctly remember buying the gold pair with green specks, for instance, from the man who sold Pakistani burritos at the night market in Danshui . . . Or the time I found “diamond” studs I found while dragging my sweet friend R around the malls in Hong Kong . . .
And suddenly there’s this heaviness on my heart. Something I held precious is gone. And although I know it’s silly and, ultimately, not that important, I am sad. It’s never good to place too much value in material objects that can be lost or damaged, and yet it’s hard to avoid in this materialistic world, which is all we know.
Have you ever lost something important to you?
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
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