About twenty years ago my parents gave me a very nice set of Smith & Hawken teak lawn furniture consisting of a bench, a chair, and a coffee table. They have been a part of my backyard and garden in every place I’ve lived since then, weathering nicely to a fine steel-like sheen.
This morning I looked out into the backyard and noticed that bench and chair were in their usual places, but the table was gone. I went out and searched around the house, thinking perhaps the lawn guys might have moved it when they were cutting the grass and trimming the hedge a couple of weeks ago, but it was not to be found.
I have an open back yard that faces an alley, and anybody walking down the alley can come in, but this being Coral Gables, the City Beautiful, I didn’t really think that someone would take a twenty-year-old piece of wooden furniture…and leave the rest behind. Maybe it was just the easiest thing to carry off.
I put the bench and the chair in the garage and went down to the police department to file a report. I don’t expect them to find it, but I’ve watched enough Law & Order to know that if you don’t file a report on a stolen article and it turns up later being used in a crime, well…. you never know.