Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Larceny' Charge Proves False

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Larceny' Charge Proves False

Article excerpt

ONE of the most annoying things about my children going from house to house is the amount of stuff that goes missing, but I guess it's something I am just going to have to live with. Their things belong to them. It wouldn't be fair of me to demand they keep certain possessions at home when they are desperate to bring them to the other place they call "home". My sister, who is now all grown up, had to deal with this often as a child. She tells me that there was nothing more confusing than when our parents denied her from bringing her belongings from house to house. With this in mind I try my very hardest not to push that upon my children.

But it happens, things get forgotten and sometimes they go missing. This week I found myself accused of such larceny.

. . . I had stolen my children's socks. Yes, lock me up and throw away the key! I had unintentionally pilfered their socks! We have a pink bag that goes from house to house with various clothing, favourite toys and important school notes etc, and this week the kid's socks were not returned! Now I know I have very tiny feet, but there is no way in God's green earth I am ever going to fit into my children's socks. Or perhaps I've kept them on purpose, in a pitiable attempt to create conflict with the "other party"?

As you may have read in the past, I am terrible when it comes to folding my washing and this week the infamous leaning tower of laundry was at its highest. My guess was, the socks were hidden amongst the pile and I simply forgot them.

I tried my hardest to explain that the issue of missing socks is by no means a new phenomenon, in fact it's been going on for years. I am not the one responsible and it doesn't just happen in my household. In homes across the world, two perfectly happy, matching socks go into the wash ... and only one comes out. I personally have half a washing basket full of odd socks, hiding somewhere under my family's mass of clean clothes. …

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