I Find It!
Toddler girl is good at “finding” things. Usually things she has put some place in a secret stash that no one else in the house can find.
We have pretty much stopped using cash since that time over a year ago when all the grocery money disappeared out of my wallet and was found six months later tucked inside a folded bundle of socks at the back of her drawer. Now that she can talk well enough to answer questions, some time she can tell you were she has put things.
For example, a few weeks ago, my prox card for work went missing. T and I spend a WEEK searching for it. Finally, in desperation, I asked Toddler girl if she knew where it was. I had to REALLY think about how to describe it to a toddler. It is a white plastic card that came out of momma’s purse. She didn’t even seem to be paying any attention, but she turned up with it a few minutes later declaring “I find it! I find it, Momma!”
I was so glad it had turned up, I didn’t even try to ask where it was. Since then she finds my watch daily. It’s on the night stand every morning. (I find it!) She finds my keys several times a day. I had to a a carabiner and clip them to the kitchen island at some point I will have to switch to a locking carabiner. She has found my cell phone hidden on the charger. Basically anything that is known to belong to anyone else in the house, if she sees it more than 4 feet from it’s owner, she “finds” it.
Why doesn’t that work with her toys? She great at “finding” anything out of place when it belongs to someone else, but there is no way she will “find” her toys in put they back in her toy box.
But I digress. Yesterday, we are at Costco and I am trying to keep her from playing hide and seek between the cars and not wet myself as she runs away in the parking lot full of vehicles. Suddenly, she pops out yelling “I find it Momma!” She’s hold a box, about six inches square marked Swarovski. And there isn’t an enraged person chasing her to get it back. We are still in the parking lot, so she hasn’t just shoplifted the thing.
I’m thinking it has to be an empty box, so I open it and inside is a 4 inch crystal Dumbo ™ figurine that is kind of tacky, in my opinion. I had NO desire to keep it. Not that it would have mattered if I did. Some one was going to be frantic when they find out it is missing.
I look around the part of the parking lot we are in and it is full of cars, but empty of people. I decide to take it to the lost and found. The good deed was stung a little when there was a 20 minute line up at customer service. The guy who took it said they don’t sell many of those and since they had only been open for an hour, they could track down who lost it.
Off to shopping. Just for fun, I stopped at the display case to check out how much a 4 inch crystal Dumbo ™ statue cost.
So, basically, some left my monthly grocery budget laying in a parking lot.