Some things lost are never found. We leave items behind when we move. We lose keepsakes under the bed. We even drop wallets or cash from our pockets or bags.
Unfortunately, some things are also taken from us against our will, never to be seen again. Angela Dimond from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, knows how this feels.
In 1980, Dimond was mugged at the age of 25 while near Nast Hyde Halt station, Daily Mail reports. “I just got to near the bridge on the Alban Way and somebody came out of the bushes, snatched my bag and ran off with it,” she told the news outlet.
In 2010, The Guardian reported only 1 in 5 lost wallets are ever returned. At the age of 63, Dimond never expected to have her stolen belongings recovered. But they have been and it’s all thanks to 45-year-old postman Mike Izzard.
Izzard was reportedly planting daffodil bulbs near the old train station he’s been renovating on his own time when he came across the remarkable find.
What started with discovering a halfpenny coin led to a leather bag filled with old treasures including a house key and an outdated bank card.
Izzard took to social media to post photos of his unexpected discovery. What came next is what Izzard says is “like something from a movie script.”
On the very same day he found the lost items and posted about them, Izzard connected with the owner — none other than Angela Dimond.
“They say there’s a silver lining to everything, but this one took a while,” Dimond told Daily Mail. She and Izzard posed for a photo, Dimond’s lost items in hand.
Postman, 45, digs up battered handbag and reunites it with librarian who was mugged 40 years ago
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To thank Izzard for his kindness and treasure hunting skills, Dimond invited him for tea. “I gave her the goods… We had a lovely chat. These sorts of things live with you forever,” he said.
We’d feel the same way after experiencing such an encounter. We’re so glad more than just daffodils will blossom out of this.
It seems Dimond and Izzard not only found something lost, but they may have found a new friend as well. Dimond even says she’d like to visit the station again, after avoiding it for 40 years, to see Izzard’s work.
Dimond’s “silver lining” may have taken a while, but it certainly turned out better than anyone would have expected.
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