“Everything is somewhere,” says my mom.
Except when it’s not.
Imagine my delight, then, when I could not find the fancy schmantzy electronic key fob for our car. Conveniently, the car was locked in the driveway. Clearly I had locked the car, and somewhere between the driveway and inside my house, the key had vanished into thin air.
It was not in the obvious places, which I searched first. Kitchen counter. Dining room table. Desk. Purse. Pockets. Junk drawer. Under the car. Not in the last place where a key had gone hiding; fallen behind the drawers in the kitchen. Not in the couch cushions or under the chairs. Not in the yard, mistakenly tossed into the compost pile, or dropped along the path. Having exhausted all the obvious places, I turned to where it shouldn’t be. In the refrigerator. The silverware drawer. The dog food bag. I even checked in between my undies.
I sat quietly on Hans’ bed and beseeched Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost causes, to point me in the right direction. I retraced my steps and looked in places I had already looked, for close to 2 hours, actually. Because, for Peet’s sake, my rational mind told me it HAD to be in the house somewhere. But yet it wasn’t, and so I called the towing company to take the locked car to the dealership, where a new electronic key would be programmed for some obscene amount of money.
Scene change. Next day finds me packing a change of clothes for Hans for after his championship soccer game. Into an empty (I know because I looked) white canvas bag that I pulled out of a storage basket and unfolded, I placed one pair of clean jeans I had taken from Hans’ dresser, laid a belt for said jeans on top, then a long-sleeved t-shirt from his dresser, and topped it off with a fleece that I took off a hanger in his closet.
I ended up wearing the fleece, and the rest of the clothes stayed in the bag until I unpacked them the next morning.
As I pulled out the long-sleeve t-shirt, what did I find, but the key fob lying there between the belt and the pants. As if that was a perfect logical place for it to be.
Except that it wasn’t.
I’ll just have to live with that fact, and wonder aloud who exactly moved it there when I was busy looking.