March 16th: Today is lost and found day. I am a champion loser. My keys are the bane of my existence. I know all the tricks, but they still never seem to be where I am certain I left them. Joe, who had the annoying habit of never losing anything himself, was a champion finder. It always annoyed me that the first place he always looked was the garbage.
One fateful day I thought that I put my keys beside the whipped cream carton in the fridge because I wanted to be sure not to forget the whipped cream that I intended to bring to a pot luck to serve with the dessert. This was a trick my mother taught me, and it worked– I immediately remembered the whipped cream when it was time to leave for the pot luck and I needed my keys. Unfortunately, my keys were not actually beside the carton of whipped cream. Joe hunted, I hunted, Joe swore; he didn’t even try to understand why my keys would have been in the refrigerator in the first place. I frantically dumped my purse out while Joe dug through the garbage. Finally, in a fit of exasperation he threw open the freezer. There were my keys, sitting proudly on a carton of ice cream. WELL! It could happen to anyone and as I told Joe later, I did remember the whip cream.
One afternoon, I picked Cole up from school wearing sunglasses that I thought were mine. While there I stopped to visit with another parent. After staring at me for a minute she asked, ”Katybeth, are you sure those are your sunglasses?” I took them off to look at them and discovered to my surprise that they were not– they were her sunglasses which she thought she had misplaced several weeks earlier. That was the longest I have ever managed to hang on to a pair of sunglasses. I told her she was lucky I still had them and promptly handed them over.
One of my favorite lost and found resources is to call upon St. Anthony my favorite saint. I promise St. Anthony a good deed and say, “Tony, Tony, turn around. Something’s lost and must be found!” Try calling on St Anthony the next time you lose something. Ever since the Catholic Church denounced saints he has been willing to cross denominations and try to help out with most requests.
Do you lose things a lot or are you one of those almost annoying people that manages to always know where your keys are—and when they aren’t there you immediately turn to your significant other or child and ask, “Where did you put my…..”
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