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I Find It!

August 16, 2011
by Erin B

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.

$250.

So, basically, some left my monthly grocery budget laying in a parking lot.

Sigh

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lorene permalink
    August 19, 2011 11:30 am

    Next time I’d just walk up to the Customer Service desk and say “Found this in the parking lot”. Waiting 20 minutes to do a good deed sucks. I’m so glad you did though.

    The Universe balances out. Yesterday I accidentally shoplifted a bottle of laundry stain remover from Walmart. Didn’t find it until I was unloading the cart into my car. It was $4 and the lines in Walmart were crazy. But then there was the time I knew I was overcharged for an item but didn’t want to wait 15 minutes for someone to go check. It all evens out.

    I bet that person was ecstatic to get their figurine back!

  2. August 20, 2011 12:19 am

    Great story! I’m so glad you brought it back. I was beginning to think I was the only one who did that sort of thing anymore. What a great example for the little one. They remember that sort of thing more than you might think.

    • Erin B permalink*
      August 20, 2011 1:02 pm

      I broke down and bought her a small order of fries, as a reward for returning the box. We don’t get food court food very often and she was over the moon. I was surprised, but she told T when he got home that she found a box and got french fries. So I guess some of it stuck….

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