Have you ever lost anything important?
I have never lost my credit card, my identity card or my wallet because I’m quite careful. But I remember very well losing the gold watch which my mother in law had given me before I got married.
It was very beautiful, it was a small round watch encircled by diamonds and on its back was engraved my name and a very important date for me: the day when I was successful in my examinations to become a teacher.
One day, when my child was four, we were walking along the street after playing in the garden, and suddenly I noticed that my watch wasn´t in my wrist. How ghastly! Where did I lose it? My child and I came back to the starting point and we covered all the garden and the street. I looked and looked carefully at the pavement, but finding the watch was impossible. I felt very, very sad.
Sometimes I remember this loss and I feel as sad as that day. I am sad not only because of its economic value but also because of its emotional value. Anyway, my mother-in-law never got to know it because she never asked me about the watch!
Today I agree with Julio Cortázar when he wrote in Cronopios y Famas: ‘when somebody gives you a watch, somebody gives you a flowered hell’.
Matilde Serna Masiá Intermediate 1, 10,30