Several months ago I managed to lose my favorite (and only) SMC sweatshirt. Supposedly. (I still believe one of my kids did something to it, or abandoned it on the bottom of their closet floor when it got mixed in with their laundry).
I planned to finally replace it, even though I firmly believe that the sweatshirt is still somewhere in our home. I believe this because I have no idea where I could have lost it.
Could I really not have noticed that it fell off of the stroller? I occasionally would drape it over the stroller when I treat the kids I sit for to a day at the zoo or the arboretum or the park.
For the longest time I refused to admit that I had lost it, because I find it so difficult to fathom. I'm a grown up. Damn it. Lost sweatshirts are for sweaty kids at recess, or irresponsible kids at baseball games, or kids with so many hand-me-downs they just don't care. How could I lose an article of clothing?
|My Saint Mary's College sweatshirt was my go-to as an added layer for almost four years. Here it kept me cozy on our trip to Glacier National Park in June '16.|
I kept telling myself that I had left it in the car. On a sunny fall day, I would often peel off this extra layer for the drive home. It is a chore to haul in three tots, diaper bags, cooler bags, etc. and hustle everyone up for naps after one of our outings. After a good search of the car before Christmas, reality began to set in.
What the heck?
I bought the sweatshirt when I returned to SMC for my reunion back in 2013. I struggled with the decision to buy something that wasn't on the sale rack - as I am typically prone. I went back and forth between other options with half zippers and no hood.
In the end I splurged, and it has been my constant companion ever since. Unlike the variety of articles of clothing in my closet like multiple pairs of jeans, several similarly colored shirts, and tons of dressy options, I only had one sweatshirt. Never saw the need for extras.
It had a hood and it zipped all the way down the front. I am always cold, so a layer that I could easily put on and take off without doing damage to my typically magnificent looking hair style (OK, this is far from accurate) was preferred.
So I decided to shop for a new version. Although I secretly hoped they would still have the same exact version, I knew that was not likely.
Of course the bookstore no longer carries my fave, so I wandered around trying to find something equally awesome. The longer I hesitated, the more heckled I was by my offspring. A few kids (basically the younger ones who still care about my happiness) tried to sell me an item they thought I would like. The others just rolled their eyes and poked fun at my disappointment and indecisiveness.
|New sweatshirt. Less fabulous than my fave.|
This shopping ordeal has oddly fueled my search for my original. I called the zoo yesterday and asked if it was in their lost and found. They only keep items
When and if I uncover my original in the bottom of one of my kids' closets, they better run like the wind! (although I will probably be so elated, that I'll be incredibly forgiving).