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A few weeks ago my parents came down to visit for Easter and I got to relieve another childhood memory. My parents stayed at a hotel on Saturday night. Sunday after church we ate lunch and were hanging out before they had to start the journey back home. All of a sudden my mom panicked. She had forgotten her favorite pair of black shoes at the hotel. She remembered right where they were. She had taken them off and put them in the closet of the hotel room with her clothes for Sunday and just forgot to pack them when they checked out. So my dad had to drive all the way over to the hotel to look for the shoes. He called to tell her they were not there and that she must have packed them someplace else. He didn’t get to see this but I did. My mom’s face turned a light red hue as she realized something. She had a pair of black shoes, and she had a pair of brown shoes with her. She thought she had brought a third pair, her favorite pair of black shoes but then realized she hadn’t. She had decided against bringing them. When she had changed she thought to herself that her favorite black shoes would go well with her current outfit and so she imagined bringing them and even leaving them in the hotel while they were still safely at home in her closet.

I have always felt that my mom was a little ditzy. She is very smart but in some ways I thought of her as the absent minded professor type. When we were growing up we would often go on trips to see relatives especially around the holidays but we lived a few hours away from them so it would become a little bit of a journey. My dad is captain early starter. He wakes up and in ten minutes he is ready to go. He always plans to leave about an hour before we ever made it out the door. That was just the beginning of our problems. It would seem that no matter how carefully we planned or how many checklists we went through it was inevitable that someone would forget something and we would have to turn around and go back. We began to refer to our first attempt to leave as the false start. We would forget to turn off the lights, go to the bathroom, get a snack, turn off the curling iron, bring the Christmas presents but it was always something. Whenever we tried to start a journey we would have to turn around and go back for something.

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