socksTed’s wife Lisa bought him a pack of athletic socks. They were on sale for $3.99. She couldn’t pass up such a great deal–especially for her husband who always liked a bargain.

However, right after Ted opened the package, he misplaced the socks. He had a tennis match lined up for 1:00 p.m. that day, and looked forward to sporting the socks to go along with the new sneakers he had purchased the week before.

“I was sure I laid them on the kitchen table, cut off the tags and then placed them on top of my tennis shoes, so they’d be handy when I was ready to get dressed. Wrong again. I couldn’t find them anywhere, and I mean anywhere. I looked in every room and even searched my dresser and closet. They were nowhere in sight,” said Ted.

“Lisa,” I called from the hallway in despair. “What is going on with me? We just brought the new socks home and I’ve up and lost them already.”

Lisa joined me in the search—but then stopped short and burst out laughing. “Have you tried your shoulders?” she asked with a twinkle in her eye.

“My shoulders? What are you talking about?”

Sure enough, there they were. It all came back to Ted in a flash. After he unwrapped the package and cut off the tags, he slung them over his shoulder and walked around for the next half-hour, wondering what he had done.

Send help, Lord, he prayed. I’m desperate!

. . . the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

 

 

 

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Shouldering On! — 4 Comments

  1. I love this one! It reminded me of a story I heard about a man whose wife’s mother was ill so his wife had to go out of town for a few days. While she was gone he needed some socks so he went to the store to buy some. At the checkout counter he pointed to some words on the package and asked the clerk what it meant, “will not shrink”. The clerk studied the words and then said, ” It means they will shrink but they don’t want to.” !
    Laughter is good medicine!! margaret

    • This is a really cute story, Margaret. Thanks for sharing. Ties right in with my anecdote about the misplaced socks. Here’s another senior moment. Sunday Charles suddenly realized we were supposed to be at the symphony matinee. It seemed we had forgotten. So we grabbed our coats and tickets and headed out the door. Fortunately the concert hall is just two miles from our house so we’d only be about twenty minutes late. We arrived but something wasn’t quite right. I checked the tix again. They were for MARCH 23, not Feb. 23. Home we went feeling a bit chagrined.

  2. This post reminds me of the time I searched all over the house looking for my phone….while I was talking to my mother on the phone. Then there was the time I wondered why people were looking at me funny until I saw that I wore one pair of glasses on top of my head and one pair on my face. :-/

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