2013-11-15 / Columnists

Slice of Life

Lost And Not Found
by Beth Hanning

Where do the socks go when they disappear? This has been a question many mothers have asked when sorting the laundry. Sorry if I did not say fathers, because in my house my husband does not even know how to use the washing machine. Please do not say it is probably because it has been replaced since the storm, he did not know how to use it before the storm. When we lived in Dayton Towers he never stepped foot inside the laundry room to start, sort or fold the laundry.

For a while I made my daughters fold the socks together before they went in the machine. I was so strict making them do it as soon as they got undressed from school or before they went into the bath. There was no way there were going to be lost socks on my watch. The strategy worked for a period of time, but eventually the extra sock bag could have fit into a contractor bag. There were other issues as a parent I had to worry about: homework, projects, and book reports to name a few.

The new item that is forever being separated from its partner is not a sock, but an electronics device. Whether it is the computer that does not have a charger or a phone, how many times have we lost and had to replace these chargers? My friend Shaun O’Sullivan recently told me he went to Amazon.com and purchased 20 iPhone chargers. He did this because every time he went to charge his phone there was not a charger to be found.

Again. I have tried different tactics: I have written in Sharpie Marker everyone’s initials and stated that everyone is responsible for their own charger. I also made a rule that you can only use your own charger to charge your phone. Well, this went out the window with the excuses that came rolling into the house. “Mom I left my charger at babysitting.” Or an excuse with the daughter home from college: “Mom I left it at school.” So now we must have purchased over eight iPhones and share one charger in the house!

Another item that is missing is the computer charger. We have three Mac computers in the house that all use the same charger. We have ONE. Where are the other chargers? The interesting fact here is I have a Google Chrome laptop for almost a year and the daughters would not even think of using something not having the brand Mac, and I still have my charger that does not charge anything but that laptop.

I think I go on and on about the technological items we lose or break and have to re-purchase: Kindle chargers, car chargers, AUX cords that hook up our iPhones to our radios, or head phones.

My friends who do not have children laugh and say we have a ghost. I think I do have two ghosts and their last name is actually the same as mine.

What item do you keep losing? Tweet me at BethHanning2 or email me beth81772aol.com.

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