This is probably going to end up being one of those “You had to be there” stories, but I’m going to blog about it if only to remind myself in the future of this funny incident.
Yesterday, I brought a lot of bags of food for a party we had today for our graduating seniors. In the midst of the bags, I had a watermelon that I brought as dessert for the party. I took the bags and watermelon up the elevator to our building’s kitchen, and that’s the last I remember of the watermelon. I put the bags of food and groceries away in our building refrigerator and went to my office to work a long busy day.
This was in the morning, when I came to work. At the end of the day, I had a sudden realization that I didn’t remember putting the watermelon anywhere– fridge, office area, anywhere. So I retraced my steps and looked for the watermelon and couldn’t find it.
Without thinking too much, I sent an email out to the whole agency (about 100 people in total) that read:
I’m so sorry to clog up emails, but I was hoping to get some help finding a missing watermelon! I brought it into the building this morning and then had it in the elevator up to the 4th floor and then after that, I think I lost it… has anyone seen it? If so, please return it to the 3rd floor.
Sorry to take your time!! (can’t believe I lost a watermelon!!!)
As soon as I wrote the email, I thought, “People are going to think this is a joke! It sounds ridiculous!”
And then I got emails and responses starting that night into the next day of people dying laughing, cracking jokes like “Maybe the Gingerbread man ran away with it.” It was hilarious.
So I found out that our maintenance guy found it in the kitchen the day before and stored it away for another party later this week because he didn’t know whose it was! He thought it was a watermelon left by others for that party. I tracked him down, and he returned the watermelon and we got to eat it for our party tonight. After recovering the watermelon, I wrote this email back out to the whole agency:
The case of the missing watermelon has been solved. Thanks to N__ for rescuing the abandoned watermelon.
And this is my last silly email of the day. 🙂
Thanks for all your well wishes in the meantime. It meant a lot to know so many people cared about our poor missing watermelon.
We’ll enjoy it tonight at our party for seniors!
And here’s the wayward watermelon:
This fiasco was quite funny and lots of people said it made their day with a good laugh. But it made me think about my post the other day about slowing down. What if that watermelon had been something more valuable? My rushing through things, trying to multitask was going to get me into trouble soon. This was definitely a case of trying to rush through and do too many things at once. A funny story for now, but how quickly that could change…