I don’t really know how to write this post.

Today I thought my identity had been stolen. I got an email from the Apple store thanking me for spending almost the equivalent of my rent, and I suddenly had a hard time breathing. I dialed the Apple store phone number (not from the email. this isn’t my first rodeo) while I logged in to every financial account we owned (both of them. We’re not big rollers.) to find out how badly we had been damaged.

I found no charges on the accounts, but when I explained to the woman who answered the phone that I had not, in fact, made this purchase, she made the same assumptions I had. In a calm and professional way she reassured me that I had done the right thing by calling and she began to research the purchase. The deeper she looked, the more baffled we both became, until she finally said, “I want to check with my supervisor, because I’ve never seen anything like this.”

In a few minutes she came back on the line to say, “he agrees with me. Someone has gone to great lengths to anonymously give you a free iPad. Go get it. You’re the only one who can.”

So I did and I’m blogging on it right now. If you did this, thank you. I’m speechless and humbled and completely baffled.