If you visited our house, you would know it was bedtime by the mad rush (by the children) to get everything up off the floor, get into pjs, brush teeth, and get the best possible spots on the couch (the two directly adjacent to mom). Following the stories that Mom generously reads aloud, you would inevitably hear one of the children start to wail because they can’t find their ‘snuggly.’
Each child was given a Ty Pluffie animal when they were born. Two of the children have bears. Two of the children have dogs. The children who have bears can never seem to remember where they last saw their friend and favorite snuggle buddy.
Tonight, I realized I hadn’t seen Child #3’s bear, Bluebeary, since we’d run errands after school. I quizzed Child #1 since that is the only child who seems to have a good memory. Child #1 insisted that Bluebeary had not come into the library with us this afternoon. The other places we stopped had been closed for hours, but the library was open for the next three minutes. Not wanting to lose the chance to check the library tonight, I quickly got on the phone with one of the librarians. She had just been over to put away puzzles and toys in the children’s section and had not seen a small, blue, cuddly bear. But, she would check the toy bin just in case.
Viola! They had the bear in their hands. I asked them to place Bluebeary outside near the book drop to wait for his family to pick him up. My spouse jumped at the chance to speed over on the bicycle to pick up Bluebeary. Child #3 fell asleep leaning on my shoulder during the first book we read at bedtime. With Bluebeary snuggled up nearby.
But so darned frustrating night after night! I need a GPS locator on those things!
P.S. Just an added explanation about the mad rush to get everything on the floor. We parents have a rule that after the children go to bed, anything left on the floor can and will be thrown away. It hasn’t extended to anything “left out” – so they just get things up off the floor that are still out. When I get more organized about having “a place for everything,” then I will be more stern about “everything in its place.”