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  • How do some things disappear, then magically show up again?

    I lost the charger for my mobile phone. I looked in the drawer where I keep various wires and plugs and could not find it. So I searched the whole house. Underneath armchairs, inside jacket pockets, in the box of toys that I keep for my grandsons to play with and then gave up.

    “It will turn up when you are looking for something else,” my daughter told me.

    This morning, eight days later, I opened the drawer where I keep various wires and plugs, looking for my camera connections; and there it was, staring me in the face.

    I had looked right at it eight days ago and it had been invisible to me. This has happened many times before. Can anyone explain this mystery?

    A few generations ago Irish people would have said it was ‘away with the fairies’.

    (Above is a painting I made of my grandson running through the shallows to the sea when he was three.)
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