Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

Last week, I drove to Lambert’s Cove Beach for a late-afternoon walk with my dog. I had my purse with me, so I locked the car and stuck the key in my pocket.

I returned an hour later, only to discover that my key was gone — the last time I’ll wear tight jeans with shallow pockets to walk the beach! I didn’t have time to retrace my steps to Split Rock, so I imposed on a friend to pick me up, drive me home to get the extra key and deliver me back to my car. When we got back to the Lambert’s Cove Beach parking lot, there was a note on my windshield: “I found your key on the path. It’s on the fence post near the flip-flops.”

I ran down the path to find the key as described, elated that I didn’t have to order another spare. But there was something more. Where else could you leave a key tagged “Honda CRV” on a fence post and a note on a locked Honda CRV with directions to the key, and still find key and car waiting for you to return? We are blessed to live in a place where such things are not just possible but commonplace.

Whoever found the key and left me the note, thank you!

Caroline Baum, West Tisbury