Blue Kid lost his pea coat over Christmas break. Odd to lose a coat somewhere. How do you not know when you're leaving some place that you're not wearing the coat that you had to wear getting there because it was so cold you had to wear a coat? But, it could happen. He could have left it on the back of the chair in the cafe at Barnes & Noble. But he didn't cuz he went back and looked. He could have left it at the coffee shop in town the night when he went to have some time to himself and read. But, he didn't cuz he went back and looked. Could have left it in The Skimmer's car. Nope. Could have left it in my car. Nope. Could have gotten shoved into a giant Christmas gift bag or the large gift box my rain boots came in. Nope. And nope.
Could have been somewhere in the basement, on the second floor, or upstairs. Nope. Nope. Nope. Could have been on a hanger underneath other clothes in one of the closets. Five nopes to that. No wait. A gazillion nopes to that. We do have five closets here but we also have a gazillion pieces of clothing hanging on hangers and no coats were under any of those hanging clothes.
It wasn't in any of the bathrooms either.
We gave up.
Blue Kid went back to school with one of The Skimmer's coats and last week when we were visiting, I brought up the missing pea coat.
"Don't worry about it, Mom."
"What color do you like again? Blue? Black?"
And he answered, "Black" so fast that I knew he really wanted to either get his favorite coat back or get a new one just like it, even though he told me not to worry about it.
Last night I decided to do a little pea coat window shopping online. Ended up at a site where they gather all the sites together that sell pea coats. Looked at this one and that one, this brand and that brand. Clicked to enlarge the photos, looked at each one from the front, from the back, zeroed in on the sleeves, the buttons. Wool? Wool blend? 100% blend of materials that look like wool but isn't? Why are there epaulettes on that brand? Why do Tommy Hilfiger's have blotches of red in the middle of the buttons? That one looks too long, that one looks too short, that other one has a belt, what is going on? I just want a good, old fashioned, traditional pea coat that I'm not supposed to be worrying about!
I clicked away from the site that gathers all the other sites together in one site and logged onto Facebook. Figured I'd message my sister-in-law, asking her if maybe Blue Kid had left his coat at her daughter's house on Christmas eve.
I hadn't done that before because how could Blue Kid have arrived at his cousin's house wearing a coat he needed to be wearing because it was cold but leave it there when he left when he should have been wearing it because it was probably even colder? And how could The Skimmer and I have watched him leave her house that night with us in the cold not wearing a coat and not have noticed? And how then could we have arrived at my mom's house a bit later, walked through the door without my mom not noticing that Blue Kid was not wearing a coat like he should have been, when she normally notices even if one hair on his head is out of place? And then how on Christmas morning, after spending the night at my mom's, when we were leaving, did not one of us say, "Blue Kid? Where's your coat? Did you leave it at B's?"
So had I thought to look at B's?
I messaged my sister-in-law: Did Blue Kid leave his coat at B's?
My sister-in-law replied: Yep!
Great news. Blue Kid is going to be so happy when he gets his old fashioned, traditional pea coat back. But now, every site I go to has ads for pea coats. Every single one that accepts ads. Ugly ads with pictures of pea coats with epaulettes. As if I'm in the market for one of those!