In May 1998, my friend and I were getting ready to go
to dinner, when he noticed he was locked out of his car, and couldn't find
the car keys. These car keys are on a ring with a three inch
glow-in-the-dark owl, so they're easy to spot and feel, even in the dark.
We looked everywhere for his keys. My friend searched his pockets, the
ground around the car, and in the car locks. He even went inside and
looked everywhere inside the room, even going so far as to take off all his
clothes and check all the pockets and seams... all to no avail.
My friend later told me he'd thought to himself as he stripped down to
"I don't want to call a locksmith on a Sunday
on a holiday weekend... it'll cost $200! I don't want to do that!"
He diligently searched for the keys, and then recalled he
had put the keys with his wallet in the trunk of his car, which he had then
locked. Only upon looking in the ignition lock, through the right hand
window of the car and not seeing his keys there, did he exhaust his last
hope of finding them in an accessible place. Then he gave up.
I saw him just standing perfectly still next to the front window of the
passenger side of the car, staring inside the car. My attention was
focused completely on my friend, as I wondered what the best way to unlock
his car would be now.
As I continued to gaze at my friend in contemplative meditation and love, I
suddenly saw the keys miraculously appear out of thin air and
materialize just under his hands in front of him before falling straight
down. I saw the keys drop out of nowhere and land with a jangle on the
ground! My friend heard them drop and land, as he was still looking
through the right front window to check one last time to see if they were
in the ignition.
My friend adds his recollection, after reading this story:
"I was about to come level with the view of
the ignition switch, but was balancing to get up the steep incline without
slipping. Just as I got ready to take the last step, but before I saw the
ignition switch to really check whether the keys were there, I heard the
'chink' sound, then looked, and saw the keys weren't in the ignition, then
looked down to see what had landed near me, Then I recognized the keys on
the ground, then I looked to the left, and saw you looking at me as if you
were wondering, 'What just happened?'"
I'd never before seen something materialize like that out of
thin air, except in magic shows... and my friend was not doing magic
tricks. In fact, he later recalled he had definitely locked those
keys in the trunk of his car with his wallet in a small zippered bag.
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