I like to go for long walks. I like to go for long walks and discover secret things. Some of the things are secrets of space: the half-hidden trestle footbridge near the Belmont commuter rail stop, or the rocky and secluded outcrop of pines above a trail at McCormick’s Creek State Park. Other secret remainders are more portable – the forgotten glove or shoe, a half-inflated dodge ball, the gnarled twists of wood and metal left from an old picnic table or porch swing. Each secret is a story you will never know the entirety of. Each place or object is a part of your own secret story, that you choose to disclose or keep hidden from the world.
There can be a sense of loss with these items. Someone has a lonely glove. Someone else may have lost the disposable camera that could have kept past memories fresh for them. Others, with time and change, may lose their favorite space to think, or just to be. Now however there are internet sites dedicated to the reunification of people and those things they’ve lost. There’s something unique and inspiring to rediscovering these lost things, even for the discoverer. Here, at last, is a chance to know a bit about what stories these things might hold. It is a chance to know a portion of the tale of the lost notebook or the tale of the misplaced monocle. And it gives the loser the chance to regain some moment of their past, or even possibly some useful part of their current lives. It is something precious, whether rediscovered or found for the first time.