I've been reading this thread all along and have been very intrigued with the idea of asking for something back that's missing and seeing what happens.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to put the idea into practice. My mom died last August, and one of the jewelry pieces I got from her was a charm bracelet. Mom had 3 separate completed charm bracelets, so my sister, SIL, and I each got one, this was a fourth bracelet that she started--I have no idea when. When I looked closely at the bracelet, it only had two charms on it--a pearl, which is my birthstone, and a small gold heart set with tiny diamonds. They were side my side. We divided up Mom's jewelry about a month ago and I've worn the bracelet every day since then, I could look at the pearl and the heart and feel my mom close to me.
Yesterday morning when I was getting ready for work, both of the charms were on the bracelet. Last night, the heart charm was gone. I was so upset! I had no idea when it was lost, and it is so tiny, I figured it was gone for good. So I just said a quick--please come back.
This morning, when I was making up my bed, it was under my pillow!! I have no idea how it got there, I made my bed up yesterday morning and slept in it last night of course, but it was already missing when I went to bed. AND, I was really tossing and turning this morning, because of the dingdangity cats, moving my pillows and everything, so I don't see how it could possibly have just been lying there.
I said a very heartfelt thank you, and will make sure it is securely back on the bracelet when I get a minute to do that.