Early on a winter’s morning six months later, the phone rang. It was the elderly man at number 2 Second Street.
“I’ve found your brooch!’ he announced.
He was weeding the mondial grass beside the gate post, and his hand struck something hard. There was the lost brooch, none the worse for wear after all that time in the elements. ‘Must be good silver,’ he commented.
I raced up First Street, crossed the busy main road, and tripped down Second Street to knock on his door.
I cradled my precious brooch in my hands as he told me how thick the grass was (no wonder I didn’t find it despite a search six months earlier), and how he then had to find my notice, which took a while.
On ascertaining that he was a reader, I gave him a copy of my last book, ‘Dancing with the Seasons’.
You may think that the story is finished, but there’s one more thing. I suddenly remembered what I had done only twenty four hours earlier. Now this may just be a coincidence, but when I think about it a little shiver runs up and down my spine.
You see, I’d been reading about Feng Shui, and discovered that the north eastern corner of my apartment was the success corner. In order to encourage success for my new book, I energised this corner. That was my conscious aim.
But look at the colours I chose: a blue cloth, a green candle-holder, a green plant, and above all, this glass heart that was a present from my dear old school friend.
Do the colours remind you of anything?
Was my unconscious invoking a different kind of success?
Never mind what the answer might be. I have my beloved brooch back. And I have my mother’s love enfolding me every day.