"Honey, I can't find my phone! Will you call it for me?" Sweetie asked as he came in the kitchen, trying to get ready for work.
Okay, i said, and i did, but of course he had it turned off, so that didn't help.
What did you do last night? i asked him, as he ran around flustered, looking in impossible places.
"What do you mean? I came home from work, and then my brother called, and what does that have to do with it! It's in the house, I know it"
And then you took Bigger Girl's car to go get him and run an errand, because #2 Son was using your car to get to school, i thought, but did not say. When you came home again, you went in your Man Cave to play your guitar and turned it off so your brother couldn't call and bother you again.
So i went to the Cave, and there it was, on his table, with a magazine carelessly tossed on top. As i stepped out, he had come back down, and i handed it to him.
"But I know I brought it upstairs! How did you find it out there!"
Mommies are magic, don't you know.
"Mom! I can't find my wallet anywhere!" Bigger Girl was calling from upstairs.
Where have you looked? i asked.
"Everywhere!" she responded.
Including in your car? i further inquired.
"Yes! It's not there!"
Remembering that she had been stopped the day before by an officer who was concerned that her inspection sticker expires very soon, and while he was at it he asked her for her proof in insurance, i went out to her car and opened her glove box, on the chance that she had been flustered enough to put the wallet in there with the registration and proof of insurance. Bingo!
As i came back in the house and handed it to her, she yelped, "What! Where! How did you do that?"
Mommies are magic, i responded.
"Mom, I can't leave for school! I can't find my notebook with all of my algebra and geometry work in it!" #2 Son was calling from the front door.
Did you check your room? i asked.
"Yes, but I know I put it in the car, and now it's not there!"
Remembering that he had actually left it on the small piece of furniture on the front porch where we keep the umbrellas and the squeegee for cleaning car windows and the spare car jack, i went out there, right past him, and pulled it out from under the jumble that the kids tend to leave there that they aren't supposed to.
"How did you know it was there!"
Mommies are magic, i replied.
"Mom, I can't find my work shirt! I just did laundry, and I can't find it anywhere! I'm gonna be late for work!" #1 Son was calling out in a panic.
It was all hung up on the line, i said. Remember, i hung yours when i needed to get it out of the washer so i could do the next load.
"Yeah, I know, and I got all of my stuff, and now I can't find it anywhere!"
Knowing that, half of the time, the kids don't get all of their things before i take my and Sweetie's things to my room, i went and grabbed it out of the pile at the end of my bed that was awaiting folding.
"How did you find it!"
Mommies are magic, i smiled.
"Boy, am I glad to be home!" Little Girl said as she walked in. "It's so cold."
Coming into the kitchen, she spotted the deviled eggs and yelped, "You made them! You are a domestic goddess! How do you make these so good!"
Not a goddess, mommies are magic, i grinned at her.
And so we often are!
Bounty Day -- Pitcairn Island (celebrates the burning of the HMS Bounty in 1790
Clashing Clothes Day -- "officially" (although i'm not sure who declared it) on the 4th Thursday of January, but some people seem to celebrate it every day
Cold, Cold, Cold Day -- coldest temp ever recorded in the US, -79.8°F (-62.11°C), this day in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska
Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Get to Know Your Customers Day
enaia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Dionysian festival to arouse the sleeping vegetation and bring spring; date approximate)
Montana Winter Fair -- Lewistown, MT, US (from farm exhibits to a fiddler's contest, there's fun to be had here; through Sunday)
National Pie Day -- US, sponsored by the American Pie Council
National Handwriting Day -- US, on the birth anniversary of John Hancock, to encourage the dying art of legible handwriting by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti -- TR and WB, India (birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose)
Measure Your Feet Day -- one can only ask...."Why!?!"
Ragwort Dance -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies only)
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; plow drivers, see how far you can make those rural mailboxes go!
St. John the Almoner's Day (Patron of Knights Hospitaller; known for his generosity to the poor, "If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.")
Winter Carnival -- St. Paul, MN, US (a tradition over 100 years in the making; through February 2)
Women's Healthy Weight Day -- on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestylehttp://www.healthyweight.net/hww.htm
Women in Medicine Day -- Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman awarded the degree of Medical Doctor in 1849
The founding of Georgetown University, the first US Catholic college, 1789
Tito Ortiz, 1975
Tiffani Thiessen, 1974
Mariska Hargitay, 1964
Gail O'Grady, 1963
Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957
Antonio Villaraigosa, 1953
Pat Haden, 1953
Richard Dean Anderson, 1950
Rutger Hauer, 1944
Gil Gerard, 1943
Chita Rivera, 1933
Jeanne Moreau, 1928
Ernie Kovacs, 1919
John M. Browning, 1855
Edouard Manet, 1832
Stendhal(Marie-Henri Beyle), 1783
John Hancock, 1737
Joseph Hewes, 1730
"The A-Team"(TV), 1983
"Roots"(TV miniseries), 1977
"Barney Miller"(TV), 1975
"King Family Show"(TV), 1965
"After the Fall"(Miller's Play), 1964
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"(Film), 1948
Today in History:
Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga (Hindu Iron Age of the Gods), BC3102
In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops, 971
The first printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul, 1490
The first printing of the Pentateuch, 1492
The second version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England, 1552
What is probably the most deadly earthquake in history kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China, 1556
Queen Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange in London, 1571
Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales, 1656
Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament on his affirmation, 1833
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female physician in the US, 1849
The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1855
Alesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Alesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless an one person dead, 1904
Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American US senator, 1907
Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of the Polish government in exile, 1940
Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time, 1943
The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet) in the Pacific Ocean, 1960
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, 1986
Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10, 2003
Six Venezuelan cable television channels are taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after refusing to transmit government messages, 2010
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