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Lost money takes man’s big plans with it

Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Kevin Long had big plans. A new garden, making an extra house payment, spending some money on his five kids.

Big plans. Kevin, 45, just got his tax refund check.

Big plans get done when you have $6,182 coming from the government. The money was going to really come in handy for the Silt man. A family man who puts family first.

We all know how big plans have a way of disappearing in the wind.

That was the agonizing reality for Kevin back on March 30. He went into the American National Bank in Rifle and cashed his income tax refund check.

This is where Kevin’s voice drops and takes on an embarrassing tone.

“I wanted to put a garden in and I needed to pay a guy for some dirt. And I was going to pay him in cash.

A trip to Wal-Mart was also necessary to pick up other garden supplies. But this isn’t one of those feel-good stories.

Kevin lost the money. No garden. No house payment. No spending money on the kids or his five grandkids.

Big plans gone.

“I feel stupid for losing the money, Kevin says. “I usually never have money like that. It was just this one time.

Kevin put the cash in a bank envelope and slipped it into his shirt pocket. Somewhere between the bank and Wal-Mart, the envelope fell out and his money went poof.

He went to the bank manager, Wal-Mart manager and the police.

Then he placed a personal ad in the newspaper.

He was hoping against hope that some kind soul might have found his money and would return it.

“I guess at this point there’s not much I can do about it. I was relying on someone’s honesty and integrity.

No luck for this family man.

“I knew there was a good chance that I wasn’t going to get it back, Kevin says. “After a couple of days, I kind of accepted it. I guess there’s a chance that it will turn up, but probably not.

Kevin has come to terms with his lost money. It still hurts an he still can’t believe he lost the money. Thoughts of those big plans that won’t happen hurt.

His wife was upset, but she was understanding. “I think she saw how much it hurt me, Kevin says. “It was really stupid and I feel like she had a right to be upset with me, but she understood.

It happens.

This is something that’s happened to all of us. Forgot our ATM card, dropped money or left a wallet on the roof of the car. No, most of us have never lost six grand but we all have had that feeling of panic when we realize we lost something.

Imagine what Kevin felt when he saw an empty shirt pocket.

“At first I panicked. I looked everywhere.

After more than a week, Kevin has a simple hope.

“I just hope whoever found it shared their good fortune with others and spent it wisely.

Kevin then pauses, thoughts undoubtedly returning to the garden, the house, the kids, that day when his big plans disappeared.

“I worked really hard for that money. I hope they used it for a house payment or spent it on their kids. I just hope they don’t squander it.

Kevin was raised in Carbondale and now works for a gas drilling company. He’s seen the economic downturn impact people around him.

He’s worried that he might be next. He’s seen his pay cut, his hours slashed, rigs closed and fellow workers laid off.

He says he never had a lot of money and he’s just like most people, struggling to get by and raise a family. Having that much money was exciting.

“I had a lot of big plans to help my family. I guess I was excited to have that much money.

Kevin’s plans have changed. His $6,182 is gone but his attitude is as solid as his work ethic. This family man’s priorities have never wavered.

“It’s not the most important thing in the world, he says about the money.

It’s pretty clear what’s important in Kevin Long’s life. An understanding wife, five kids, five grandkids.

Big plans are nice. But life has a way of challenging us.Who needs a garden when you’ve got your priorities so well rooted?

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