Bored with the usual scenery, JJ, Benny and I trot across the bridge, over the major thoroughfare and go north. We’re headed for the bucolic neighborhood jutting out into Lake Washington, with beautifully manicured lawns and stately homes. We enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Washington and the floating bridge at the top of the hill.
I spy a blotch of pink and blue near the sidewalk. I stop and we turn back to investigate. It’s a hat, actually a blue stocking cap with a bright pink round pom-pom on top. It’s stuffed into the guide wire for the power pole. People in our neighborhood leave clothes in the strangest places. Now, how did it get there?
Matilda’s mother always worries her little girl will get chilled. She puts a warm coat and hat on Matilda even though its 65 degrees out. Matilda plays with her friends down the street. Within 15 minutes, Matilda is way too hot and strips off her hat and coat. She ties the coat around her waist but has no pockets to stuff the hat into. She stuffs it into the guide wire instead. After an hour of play, Matilda heads home, forgetting her hat. And there it remains.
The bus lets you off at the corner. This morning when you left home, the onshore flow created clouds and a chill in the air. Your winter coat and stocking cap kept you cozy. Now, this afternoon, the sun is out and it’s warmed up at least 10 degrees. Within 10 minutes, you’re sweating and you’re only halfway home. You strip off your coat and stuff your stocking cap into a pocket. You don’t notice when the cap falls out of your pocket. A Good Samaritan on their way home 15 minutes later trips on your cap, and stuffs it into the guide wire. This is so no one else will trip over it and its rightful owner will see it clearly. When you get home, you notice your cap is gone and you’re bummed. You love that bright pink pom-pom. You hop in your car and retrace your steps, searching the sidewalk and grass for your beloved cap. You do not see it because it’s now stuffed into a guide wire.
My money is on the Good Samaritan. How do you think a stocking cap got stuck into a guide wire?