I didn’t notice it at first, but a strange thing has been happening lately. Gradually my toys have been disappearing. One by one they have vanished. I have observed my toy bin get a little emptier every day. At this rate I’ll soon have nothing to play with.
The other day while I was playing in my baby zone, I was thinking about this phenomenon. I began to miss some of the toys that I haven’t seen in a while. I set down the toy I was playing with and sat there pondering for a minute. All that pondering made me a bit tired so I decided to lay down right there on the floor where I sat.
As I lay there feeling nostalgic about the days when I had toys to spare, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head to get a better look, and that’s when I realized that something was wedged underneath the couch. Quickly I rolled onto my hands and knees and crawled over to take a closer look.
As I got to the couch I crouched down to peek underneath. There was definitely some sort of mysterious object hiding under there. I deployed an arm and sent it exploring in the darkness under the couch. I could feel something there. I was sure of it.
I wiggled myself closer to the couch in order to improve my reach, and deployed an arm again. This time I managed to wrap my fingers around the mysterious object and pull it towards me. I almost managed to pull it out into the light, when my fingers slipped and I lost my grip.
I crouched down again to take another look. The mysterious object was definitely closer this time. I realized that this was going to take a bit of finesse. I reached in carefully and gave the mysterious object a wiggle. It began to move towards me. I wiggled and pulled at the same time and after a moment, the mysterious object emerged from underneath the couch.
Feeling proud of myself I took a close look at my new treasure. Somehow, it seemed very familiar but at first I couldn’t quite figure out why. Where I have seen this object before? That’s when I realized that this was one of the toys that recently went missing. After a moment of thinking, I recalled shoving it under the couch in the first place.
It all came back to me in a flood of memories. I remembered stashing all sorts of things under both of the couches. I crouched down again to take another look in the darkness of this space. Sure enough, it was stuffed full of lost treasures. Long lost objects that I have been missing.
I worked diligently to rescue my lost toys and I managed to save many of them. Too many more were still trapped under the couch and out of my reach. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t wrap my fingers around them. I didn’t know what to do. That’s when mommy came to the rescue with the broom.
Mommy crouched down beside me and, after taking a good look under the couch, stuffed the broom in there. With a sweeping motion, mommy moved the broom from one end to the other and a pile of toys popped out. My lost playthings! I have missed you!
I am so happy to have my toys back safely in my toy bin. I have so many things to play with and explore. Playtime is so much fun again. I do hope that I remember the next time that I stash a toy some place. I better do a regular inspection of the dark space underneath the couch. I’ll put that on my to-do list.