From a small age, my children have carried around a stuffed animal. Casey at the moment is closest to his ‘chewy sheep’ and occasionally Will carries a small blanket and his tiger. Lizzie and Evelyn went through a time when they had to always have their puppies with them.
Lizzie and Will can usually find their stuffed animals within a reasonable amount of time, yet Evelyn and Casey have a hard time with this task. Evelyn is usually searching for her puppy at bedtime. And usually, the puppy is in her room hidden under a blanket or pillow, but in searching all the other rooms, she works up the tears and is convinced her puppy is gone. One time we couldn’t find it and felt like we left it in Walmart. After some phone calls, tears and frantic searching, the puppy was found. From then on we had the rule, that the stuffed animals do not leave the car for any reason.
Lately, I find myself saying “Help me find chewy sheep.” At this point, everyone walks around the house looking for Casey’s sheep. He carries it around chewing one ear, hence the name ‘chewy sheep’, and often drops it to put something else in his mouth like his sippy cup or another toy. If we can retrace the kid’s steps we can find his sheep. The funny part, Casey has a sheep identical to ‘chewy’ in his bed. He won’t touch it and knows this is not the right sheep.
I walk around mumbling to myself, because I know my kids aren’t listening, “if it was important to you, you would remember where you left it.” This is true after they can’t find a pencil or small toy. My girls forget that the boys are kings of moving their toys so if they leave it out in the open, it gets moved.
Of course this also means, I end up not being able to find my glasses or keys. My glasses are loose on my face so I often end up taking them off and setting them in a weird place. It might take me a few minutes to find them, but so far, I do. My keys are rarely lost anymore. I have 3 places I always keep them. If they are not in those three places, then they are in the other 3 places I might keep them. It might take me a minute, but I can find them.
Tomorrow, when I wake up. Someone in my house will have lost something. We will try to find it. Someday I will find my mind. I lost that a long time ago.