A Fool And His Money…

If I found $10,000 on my dresser in the morning, I would question where I spent the night and how I spent the night.
If I found $10,000 on my dresser in the morning, I would question where I spent the night and how I spent the night.

Daily Prompt: Seven Days

You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

A number of years ago my family and I were backing out our drive. We noticed something laying in the street. Something that looked as though it did not belong there. You know, it didn’t look like a food wrapper, glove, or tennis shoe.

It was a check book.

We jotted down the name, address, and phone number on the front of the first check. We called the number. There was no answer. It was about six in the morning and we were planning on going out of town for the weekend.

We called our local police department and told them what we found. We agreed to leave the check book at the police station on our way out of town.

I suggested to my wife that no matter how honest we think the police are it would be well if we inventory the contents. There were twelve one hundred dollar bills behind the checks.

We asked the policeman for a receipt. Which he kindly arranged.

After we returned home a few days later we asked the police department if the check book and money had been claimed. The said it had. We verified it with the person whose name was on the check.

This Daily Prompt reminds me of that morning, perhaps thirty years ago.

If I found $10,000 on my dresser and no plans my reaction would be much the same. It is not my money. Somebody broke in. Obviously it was an intent to surprise someone. We have some very nice neighbors, up in age. Perhaps it was for them. I’d check with them. I’d check with the neighbors on the other side. I’d call my kids to make sure they hadn’t arranged a surprise. Once I would have exhausted all personal efforts inform the police.

Then with my week not being planned and nothing to do. I’d say ‘Forget the Daily Prompt; I got plenty to write about for the next seven days.”

Here are my posts:

1. What I just wrote.

2. The search for owner (hope it ain’t drug money).

3. How deserving I am of the money (Haha).

4. Plan on how to hide it from the IRS.

5. How I was going to spend the money.

6. How I would have actually spent the money.

7. How $10,000 doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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  1. I agree with what you said; unless there was a note saying it was mine specifically, and even then I’d want to return it.

    • Exactly, there is something about unearned money that creeps me out. I’m currently writing a novel about it and not sure how to end it. Seldom do we see a story on what people do with treasure after it has been discovered and processed. I suppose that’s the appeal of such stories; it allows us to wonder.

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