Live with regret
Dori can feel the panic building like an unstoppable snowball in the pit of her stomach. How could she have done such a thing? What would her family say? Regret would soon come to her in quiet moments; every time she read a bedtime story to her daughter or every time she passed the portrait of her late mother.
Oh how she wish she could turn back time But that was impossible. There was no going back. There was no way to get it right. Remorse and regret would consume her every day of her life. How could she have been so stupid?
A busy woman
Dori Rhoades is a busy woman. She’s one of those people who’s always on the go. Whether she works full time, volunteers in schools, or runs errands every day, Dori knew what it was like to be a mother. She also runs the Conception Showroom, a maternity boutique in Los Angeles.
But unfortunately for Dori, her hectic lifestyle resulted in a costly mistake. And it was a mistake that would live with her forever.
Ready for the coming week
One everyday Monday morning, Dori woke up ready for her week to come. She rubs the sleep out of her eyes and jumps into the shower. She was so busy this week! The mother of two planned her son’s 9th birthday party and her own anniversary, organized a teacher recognition week, and volunteered at her children’s school.
But luckily, she planned ahead and had her to-do list ready. But there was something she never planned.
Years had passed since Dori and her husband moved into their new home. And over time, a pile of trash had slowly built up in her house.
While it’s not uncommon for a homeowner in their forties to have an unusable garage, Dori was beginning to feel overwhelmed. But she never thought that the solution would be the beginning of all of her problems.
Spread too thinly
Dori decided to contact her community’s spring flea market to try and get rid of some of her unwanted trash.
“I volunteer in my children’s classrooms several times a week. I work full-time. I think everyone who is a mother knows,” Dori explained in an interview. “You give so much of yourself that your brain sometimes stops working.”
Find the jacket
After working 40 hours a week in the office, Dori took care of her young family in her free time. She was exhausted. When she found an old denim jacket in the back of her closet, she tossed it onto the huge pile of items from the yard sale without thinking about it.
But she didn’t know, she should have thought twice.
Get the yard sale ready
The next morning Dori began planning and preparing things for her yard sale. She would also bring her children so they could get involved. Dori was excited and relieved to finally get rid of all these unwanted things.
But there was something Dori shouldn’t have revealed.
First purchase of the day
As soon as she opened her yard sale, the townspeople flocked in, eager for a bargain. A young woman approached Dori’s table and picked up the denim jacket Dori had found the previous evening. “How much?” The woman asked kindly. “$ 20,” replied Dori.
The woman took out her purse and handed Dori a twenty dollar bill. She took it and the woman took the jacket. But then suddenly for some strange reason a terrible feeling hit Dori’s stomach.
“I fell asleep with the kids and then woke up around 2am collecting things for this flea market,” Dori said in an interview with GoodMorningAmerica.com.
“I probably sold the jacket around 9 a.m. It never occurred to me what I was doing. “
A successful day
The farm sale was a success. Pretty much everything was gone and Dori was very happy with the day. She decided to make her kids swim and treat them to McDonald’s.
But Dori had no idea what was coming next. And she would soon learn that her day was not a success, but a complete failure.
Woman in the pool
When Dori jumped into the pool, followed by her children, the family swam around in the bright blue water. Dori watched another family play in the distance and smiled to herself. But then suddenly a woman appeared in the water.
She had a desperate expression and made her way to Dori. What was your problem?
She had a problem
The woman in need came closer to Dori and Dori asked the woman what was going on. “I lost my earrings, I think they are in the pool,” replied the woman, sobbing. For a few minutes Dori helped the woman find her, but they couldn’t find anything. The woman thanked Dori for her help and swam to her family.
But just as the woman was swimming away, an old memory came to Dori. Doris heart began to beat like a big bass drum and she felt a lump in her throat. Little did she know that her world was going to be turned upside down. Dori remembered that she had hidden something priceless in a pocket of the denim jacket she had previously sold.
A big mistake
To protect her, Dori had tucked away her $ 18,000 diamond earrings, $ 1,500 in savings, and another ring that her husband had given her in the old denim jacket after their daughter was born.
Regret came over her like long, slow waves on a shallow beach. Each wave was freezing and made her shudder. Her heart sank at the thought of her costly mistake. She gave it all away for $ 20!
Dori felt devastated. The earrings, like the ring, had great sentimental value to her. Her parents came to the United States as immigrants from Vietnam in 1975 – and they brought very little with them.
Her father gave the ring to her mother, and after he died her mother gave it to Dori. The ring was supposed to be passed on to her own daughter as a family heirloom one day, but now she would never see it again.
“My father gave my mother a ring, and after it was over my mother gave me the ring. I wanted to pass that on to my daughter. And I saved up for the other stone to make the earrings, ”Dori explained tearfully in an interview.
But worst of all, she didn’t know how her husband would react when he found out what she had done.
Time to move on
Although Dori was dejected, her husband Greg was incredibly supportive when she told him about the mistake she had made.
When she told him tearfully what had happened and after a cuddle on the sofa he simply said: “You know what, we can’t do anything. What is done is done. Forgive yourself and move on. ‘”
It eats them up
And Dori did just that. “It made me say that I have my family and my house and that we are together, and that is what matters, but what really eats me up is where that one stone came from.”
Although the chances of being reunited with the heirloom were slim, Dori did not give up.
Dori praised her husband and said, “He reminds me that the most important thing is that we have our children and each other and are healthy.”
She knows it’s important to remember the things that surround us when life is filled with uncertainties that we took for granted. But would Dori be lucky?
Though devastated and broken over the lost heirlooms, Dori tried desperately to find them again.
But the odds were slim – mainly because Dori had waited weeks after the yard sale to even put up signs and online messages about her money and her jewelry. She prayed that the woman who bought her jacket would come forward.
What is really important
Dori remains hopeful, but she knows in her heart that she will probably never get her items back … but it never hurts to inspire hope.
After further assurances from her husband, Dori smiled to himself. She took a deep breath and snuggled into her husband’s chest. There was nothing else she could do.