Needle in a Haystack

A Needle in a Haystack

Yesterday was an out-of-the-ordinary day. My husband and I were doing my dad a favor. We picked up a lawn mower and mowed a couple properties of his since he is still in Florida and the guy that used to do it moved away. I picked up the sticks and garbage while Mr. Doodles and Jots mowed. It was pretty easy and actually kind of enjoyable. We had fun joking around together. 

Well, later that day when it was time to pick the kids up from school I realized I didn’t have my car key. Is my mind going too, I wondered?! I looked in all the usual places and a few unusual ones too (one time I found my key on the washing machine and I didn’t even remember going down there) before grabbing my extra key from the junk drawer and driving up to get the kids. When we got home I had the kids help me look some more. I also had my husband check his car but I started to panic a little. My extra key is a valet key so it doesn’t have the remote lock feature and I know it is pricey to replace.

I started retracing my steps. I was pretty sure I took the key with me on our landscaping adventure even though my husband drove. We had stopped at three places. Maybe I dropped it in the grass while I was bending over to pick up garbage and sticks. I had the vaguest memory of putting it in that dumb little pocket within the pocket of my jeans. I even did a little simulation. I put a toy car in that pocket to see if it would pop out when I bent over. It was going to be dark soon so I packed the kids in the car and we drove to Hyannis. I took a quick look and didn’t see it. I was thinking it was a long shot. It was probably in my house somewhere even though I looked everywhere. My kids then got out of the car and started to help me look. They were hopping around the grass not looking very seriously so I decided to give them a little lesson on how to walk slowly and scan the ground. It was right then that I found them! At first I thought no way they are mine. It was someone else Volkswagen key fob. Of course they were mine. I was so excited. My kids were so excited that I was so excited. I can’t believe I found my keys.

Yesterday was a great day! Do you have a great lost and found story? Please share!


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  1. That’s awesome that you found your key!! :)

    We entered into full communion with the Catholic Church this Easter. A week before the kids’ baptisms, we found out that they all needed to be dressed completely in white. 7yo, 6yo, 4yo, and a 2.5yo! I didn’t have any idea where to find all white clothing (particularly boy trousers) in less than a week, and I could only guess it was going to cost much more than I wanted to spend for outfits they would wear exactly one time. So I sent out a message to the local Catholic homeschooling group asking where they would look for white clothing. I thought they would give me the names of some shops. In 24 hours I had clothing promised for all four kids, except the boys’ white trousers. A friend emailed “Pray to St Antony, he’ll help!” I did, and less than five minutes later, another woman told me she had a stack of white trousers for boys aged 0-8!!! It was an amazing blessing and mini-miracle. The kids looked like little angels in all their borrowed white clothing!!

    • My mother told me to pray to St. Anthony too!
      So nice that your community helped and that you didn’t have to buy these one-time outfits new (except for the pants). Thanks for sharing this story and congrats on becoming catholic :)

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