I had noticed that this watch seemed to be missing, but I didn't look very hard for it or, in truth, give it more than a fleeting thought. I figured it was to be just another the many watches I've left behind along life's path.
Watches, earrings, sunglasses, gloves, library books, all eventually go the way of all things; however any of the above objects that fall into my possession will for sure go that way a whole lot quicker. Alas, The Biggest Loser is me.
But of all loseable objects, I have a special propensity for losing watches. I suppose this is because, unlike many of my fellow 21st Century humans whose phones now serve as their timepieces, I have a special propensity for wearing a watch. But I also have a special propensity for removing my watch often and setting it down on the nearest available surface.
I think this trajectory of wear a watch, remove a watch, lose a watch comes, in my case, from being a piano teacher.
For me a watch is a work necessity,
But just as my students are required before their lesson begins to remove their watches, fit-bits, twisties, Livestrong bands, rubber bands, yarn bracelets, hemp bracelets, friendship bracelets, or any of the other myriad possibilities of things that youngsters can show up for a piano lesson having wrapped, snapped, or tied around their wrists,
In fact, removing my watch before playing the piano is so automatic for me that I do it reflexively, without thinking. Sadly, putting my watch back on afterwards is not so reflexive; subsequently I'm always leaving watches on pianos, as I did at my friend's house last weekend.
It so happens that my friend's husband plays several stringed instruments, and so I joked that he should pull out his fiddle and we could have a hoe-down in the living room. I then hopped over to their piano and played a few bars of boom-chucka, boom-chucka to accompany myself while I sang the melody of "Boil Them Cabbages Down."
I was totally unconscious of having taken off my watch, and yet my friend had the pic, so it did, indeed, happen.
Anyway, I emailed my friend back that she didn't need to worry about the watch I'd left behind, that I'm always leaving watches on pianos and losing them, that I keep a stash of cheap Walmart watches at home,
I told my friend she could keep my watch if she wanted or toss it into her purse for an emergency watch in case she lost hers.
But then my friend probably doesn't lose watches like I do.
(Sigh) Nobody loses watches like I do.