Mum's the Word

The missing socks & time for flip flops

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 12:44 pm Updated: Mar. 6, 2018 1:07 pm

I hope the snow days are over for the season. I'm not here or there about it; I think everyone likes at least one or two snow days in the school year. The kid in me cheers, while the mom in me "mehs."

I know no one in this house sleeps in, schedules have to be rearranged and the house takes a beating.

On a recent snow day, I got through a couple loads of laundry and looked at my missing sock pile I've been sorting through the last few weeks.

It's getting out of control!

These are not just socks that need to be matched. These are all the socks I can't find the other half to. Where did they go? I've searched the children's drawers and found a few rogues, but there has to be an answer to this maddening epidemic.

I want my matches! There must be some order in the world or else we're all going to hell in a sock basket!

If you are harboring some of my sock runaways, please let me know. Maybe we should have a lost sock board or at the very least, a support group.

Maybe they've thrown them off the trampoline into the neighbor's bush or ...

they're hiding them under their beds with absolutely everything else or ...

they're trading them with friends in an evil game of torture ...

I'm just over socks.

Next season please.

I'm ready for slip-on shoes and flip flops. I don't mind having to throw on a cardigan, but the kids and I are ready to move outside without layers upon layers and snow boots that smell like an animal died in them eating Cheetos.

I'm giving these socks until mid-March and then they are toast. Maybe I'll have a big bonfire and sacrifice them as an offering to the weather gods in a effort to bring about spring.

Foot for thought.

Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.