A Cold, Hard Twenty

“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”

~Carl Sandburg~

Have you ever reached into the zipper pocket of your ski pants at the beginning of winter to find a $20 bill tucked inside, forgotten from the prior season?


Well, I have and it was totally unexpected. The best thing ever – when I could still buy most of a ski lift ticket with it.

Now, years later, that $20 might buy me a cup of coffee and a hamburger at the lodge. It’s why I no longer ski…too expensive.

Fast forward to June 3, 2019. I was rummaging around in the freezer at work. I’m in there every day, but haven’t been paying any attention to the contents hiding under the lower shelf. I don’t know what possessed me, but I started dragging things out of there and…

OMG! Look at this!

No, I did not find a $20 bill.

I found three packages of organic chicken breasts that I once threw in the freezer for Natasha because we didn’t have any spare room in our own freezer at home. They weren’t supposed to be there long, but were forgotten at some point. Perhaps because Natasha bought a chest freezer late last summer and a large quantity of chicken from her supplier and I thought I had brought that chicken home.

I texted Natasha with the unexpected good news. I would surmise that the chicken was worth about $30, which might be even better than finding a cold, hard twenty in the freezer.

Natasha responded, “Yay! Bonus! Thanks!”

It’s nice to come across the unexpected, whether it is money, frozen chicken or a valuable something you thought you had lost. They really are the best things in life.

Don’t you agree?

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24 responses to A Cold, Hard Twenty

  1. The unexpected good thing. I think this is what life is all about. We impose our expectations of outcome on everything in life and feel disappointed when they don’t come through. Much better to live each day and each moment, and celebrate the joy of the unexpected gift.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Damyanti. It is a good thought to remember because as humans, we seem to have expectations for everything. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be continually surprised by life?

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Unexpectedly finding buried treasure is the best!

    … now if only I could find where I left my reading glasses … πŸ˜‰

  3. Laurie says:

    So funny that we both wrote about found money this week! πŸ™‚ I do enjoy an unexpected bonus find.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The year after I found that twenty, I rummaged through the ski pants at the start of the season and found nothing. I was so hoping the twenty found a mate and made babies!

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Winner winner – chicken dinner!

    Those unexpected finds are the best. They turn ordinary days in to wonderful days. I once found $20 in the little pack on the handlebars of my bike.

  5. JoAnna says:

    I love this! Sometimes the good things that come to me are things I wished for, but God always puts an interesting spin on the details to make it clear that he or she had a hand in it.

  6. Unexpected finds like those you describe always trigger the little kid in me – it’s like wizardry or the fairy godmother had a hand in it.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s happy dance time in those moments. Perhaps you will have a visit from the godmother this week. πŸ™‚

  7. 1. Yes! Well, no, because I don’t own ski pants (obviously). But I did find $50 in the pocket of my softshell jacket a few weeks ago.
    2. Being in the habit of running fundraisers that require people to pay in cash (eg chocolate sales) but the organisation for which I am fundraising in fact has a solely online fundraising presence, I have, over the years, accumulated an excessive amount of coinage as I have collected the cash and then put the donations through online on my card. A few weeks ago, I decided to collect up every single bit of cash I had lying around, counted it and then banked it. It was nearly $1000.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Jeepers, H, I thought I was doing good saving coins and coming up with $50 every six months or so. Maybe I’ll start throwing singles in there too. πŸ™‚

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