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A clear mind is key

March 4, 2014 - Karin Elton
I went over to my daughter’s apartment yesterday to help her look for her keys. They were the keys to her car and apartment on an SMSU lanyard. I’ve been telling her for months she needs to put them on a hook when she first comes home and needs to have copies.

I immediately searched the couch cushions cuz that’s where stuff always is. Found some animal crackers, but no keys. She lifted up the couch and I looked on the floor. I saw children’s books, dirty socks and coins, but no keys.

We suspected her almost-2-year-old daughter of taking the keys and throwing them in the garbage or putting them in some hidey-hole in her room.

My daughter riffled through the garbage and the laundry baskets. I looked in all the bottom drawers and cupboards. From time to time, we asked the little one, "where's mommy's keys?"

After hours of fruitless searching and a pizza later, my daughter said, when I lifted up the couch did you look under the couch? I said I didn’t, just the floor. She proceeded to lift up the couch and I put my hand on a board and there they were.

We were so happy. I told her if her brains were addled with drugs or alcohol she wouldn’t have been able to think of looking under the couch. I said my brains weren’t addled with drugs or alcohol and I still wouldn’t have thought of it.

She picked out a spot in a cupboard over her stove where she will always put her keys.

Someday we will have to tell that almost-2-year-old the story of the missing keys and apologize to her. I think I will dress up the story with gremlins and fairies so it will be more interesting, but I will tell her, the moral of the story is don’t do drugs; you never know when you’ll need to find your keys.


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