I lost my purse a few days before Christmas. I left it in a taxi. When I didn’t get it back within a few days, I wrote it off. I was bummed because my iPod was in there (and I was in the middle of a great Sherlock Holmes novel) as well as my wallet which was a gift from two good friends. So I got new bank cards and a new ID card Blah blah blah. All the usuall stuff. Strangely enough, I was talking about it with my boss today, telling her Ihad gotten my new ID card because she needed to copy it. Not 10 minutes later, a lady walked in with my purse. She had found it in the taxi and then was so busy with the holidays she had only gotten a chance to drop it off today. I was floored. Everything was intact. I tried to give her some money as a reward. It’s what I would have done in the US. But she refused to take it. Maybe it was culturally unacceptable… I don’t know. But I was so grateful. In that wallet was a 1000 won bill that my two best friends in Korea had written a little note to me. That’s the thing that broke me up the most. Losing that piece of paper. But now I have it back. And I’ll never forget this lady. She didn’t have to return it. She didn’t have to come in person. I could only say “Thank you” over and over in Korean.