20 September 2013
A Pleasant Surprise
When I left for school that day, I never imagined that I was going to make a decision that would attract so much attention. It was a dreary, wet, rainy day in March. There were puddles and mud all over the place, and the sidewalks were a mess. As I walked out the door, I thought, “Nesha, why didn’t you wear close toe shoes today? Your feet are going to get wet!” Well, I didn’t have time to change, so I just decided to watch where I stepped the whole way to school.
I normally walked to school with my neighbor, Kenya. But that morning I did not wait for her! I needed to step slowly to keep my feet from getting wet.
As I was walking, something brown caught my eye. First, I walked past it. Then, I stopped and went back to get a closer look. Oh my! It was a pleasant surprise! There, sticking out of the puddle was a brown coach wallet. I picked it up, wiped it off, and opened it. You’ll never guess what I found inside. Lots of cards and money! I took the money out and counted it. There was $350 in cash with three credit cards.
I smiled; I thought “What I can do with $350?” Then I thought about what my father always says: “Honesty is the key to life.” Well, the money wasn’t mine. And there was identification in the wallet. It belonged to a lady named Thelma Jenkins. The photo on the ID looked like the Ms. Jenkins, the safety parole lady that worked for my school district.
When I got to school, I opened the wallet and looked at the money one last time. Then I ran up the yellow stone steps and into the old brick building. I walked past all the classrooms with their wooden doors and big chalkboards, and I went right into the principal’s office. When I entered Mrs. Hendricks was looking at me like I was crazy. I gave her the wallet. I told her where I had found it, and I showed her Ms Jenkins’ drivers license.
She looked me in my face, smiled, wrote me a pass, and...