By Diane Ako
I'm usually a fairly together person, but things kind of changed for me after I had a child. There's just... more, all around. More love and life, for sure. But more to manage and clean, as well.
I recently re-discovered something that I misplaced. Two years ago!!!
I had gone to the Food & New Products Show at the Neal Blaisdell in 2010. I remember buying jewelery that I liked so much, I put it on right after buying it. I also bought a dozen soaps and Hawaiian salts.
When I got home, I put the bag down and I eventually forgot about it. I have no idea how or why, but it ended up in my daughter's closet for a really long time.
I do remember thinking for a little while, Where the heck are those salts that I was going to give away for Christmas? And those soaps? But you know, the avalanche of life keeps rolling forward so I stopped thinking about it after the holiday season.
I only shop with canvas bags, to be environmentally friendly. The tote bag was black, and it looks like a storage bag full of ski accessories. Some adult in my house (could be me, I can't remember) put it away in the kid's closet where there was, apparently, some space.
I have looked at this bag for over a year and not considered looking inside because I thought I knew the contents. Only recently I was moving things around in the house; sometimes I get into a "spring cleaning" mood where I want to throw away stuff. (Unlike many of my maternal relatives, I will never be a Hoarders show candidate. I like to discard.)
Imagine my surprise and amusement when I opened the bag and found the missing salt and soap! Mystery solved! Don't I feel like a dope for misplacing it that long!
I've reinstated the tote into my arsenal of grocery bags. I like using it now. It absorbed the soap scent and smells great.
I am usually quite together; I still shake my head at the idea of losing something for two years - right under my nose. Have you had this experience?