Last night, I was going through an old backpack that I had found tucked away in a dark corner of my closet. It was full of old notebooks and papers that I had forgotten about, but the real treasure was a small book that peeked out from the pile. I pulled it out, dusted it off, and almost cried from happiness because it was a book from my childhood that I thought I had lost long ago. This book was a huge part of my life, and finding it after all these years was a pleasant surprise. Believe it or not, today's word perfectly describes this situation. That word is Trouvaille. Trouvaille (tru-vai) is defined as "a valuable discovery, a lucky find, or a discovery of interest or value." It comes from the Old French trouver, which is "to compose or find" and first appeared around the 19th century. Trouvaille is a noun and can be used as a noun when writing, or you can just use the idea of the Trouvaille. Some examples may include: "The old house needed a major overhaul, but it was the only thing that Henry could afford at the time. Finances were tight since he'd been laid off, and he had no idea how he would make the house livable again, but he had no other choice. So, crowbar in hand, he began renovating the space under the stairs. As one of the supports came down, Henry heard the faint tinkle of falling coins. Henry shone a light into the darkness and saw gold coins sparkling back at him. Finally, his troubles were over." "When Mirabelle learned that her father was the Duke of Cambridge, she knew her impoverished life was about to change. The papers called it the "Trouvaille of the Century," and Mirabelle found both love and hatred in her new station." "You'll never believe what happened! The other day, I really needed $20 for my medication, but there was no way that I could afford it. Well, I decided to go the pharmacy anyway and see if they could make me a deal or something. Before I even walked through the door, I saw a $20 bill on the ground! It was the exact amount I needed for my medicine, and I didn't need my grocery money to do it!" These examples are a bit longer than normal, but I wasn't sure if I could properly convey the use of Trouvaille in one sentence. As you can see, there are several different ways to use Trouvaille when writing, and I hope to see more examples of it in the future. To learn more, visit Merriam Webster, Oxford Dictionary, Your Dictionary, and Memidex. The photo is my own.