I have been having a senior moment today. Actually it has been the last few days of senior moment-itis. (Yes, I realize that is really not a word or condition….but it should be.) Yesterday I purchased another box of candy canes. I say another, because a few weeks ago I also purchased a box.
Every Christmas I put candy canes on the tree so we can snack on one every so often. This year I purchased the initial box before the tree was put up. I wanted to make sure that we did not eat them before the tree went up so I put them in a very “special” place to “keep them safe”.
Unfortunately I put them in a place that was too safe. It is safe, even from my mind. It is really, really maddening to not remember where that place is! I asked my husband if he knew where they were. All I got was a blank look.
He remembered we had purchased them. (that was not helpful). He remembered they had been put away……somewhere. (Also not helpful). I did feel some better that he did not know where they were either……some….but not much.
Years ago my sister-in-law and I agreed that our brains could only hold so much information at a time. When the brain got full some information just needed to be kicked out. I think with the busyness of the season my brain decided the hiding place of candy canes was not important and just deleted that information.
I don’t know if there is a life lesson to be found in my missing candy canes. Maybe it is the fact that life is too short to stress over candy canes? Maybe the lesson is that candy canes are not the focus of Christmas? Perhaps the lesson is patience….those candy canes will show up when the time is right for them to show up. Maybe they will be found when the grandkids come and are scrounging around in only places grandkids look.
I suspect they will be found when I get the house ready for the kids to come next week for the Christmas holiday. At least that is what I am hoping for. If this does not occur I have a feeling they will show up at some odd, random time and be a very nice surprise.
I do wonder if anyone else has problems with this particular issue of putting things away too “safely”. I have a feeling the canes will probably show up when I put some other item in that “very safe place”. At least candy canes are not too perishable….it would have been much worse if the turkey went missing…..