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Rick turned to me the other day and said, “Did I tell you about the really positive, life altering change I made in my life?”

Well, no honey, between our discussions about which day is garbage day vs. recycling day and why we have so many damn packages of turkey bacon in our freezer, you have never mentioned an incredible, life altering change.

So what could it be? He quit smoking years ago and he runs regularly now. And clearly, he married the woman of his dreams. Hmmm…

Maybe he discovered a new spiritual path? Perhaps he read my copy of “Food Matters” and decided to shun red meat for the good of the environment and his own health. Or maybe he’s committed himself to some kind of fulfilling volunteer work.

And then he said it.

“Well, you know how I used to have my work ID on that necklace strap and I was always forgetting it at work or at home and losing track of it? And it just stressed me out,” Rick began.

“Yes,” I said, waiting for the big moment.

“Well, I finally took it off that strap, put the card in my wallet and now I never lose it.”

“Ok.” I don’t want to be unsupportive about this big work ID epiphany but he might have oversold that announcement.

But I get it. Rick recently moved our cable box so that I don’t have to contort my body like a Cirque du Soleil performer in order to change the channel, and I will say that it has had a very positive impact on my life.

Sometimes it really is the little things.

3 year-old Summer understands this all too well because I believe she actually teaches a class in sweating the small stuff.ย  Like her socks. And how they must fold perfectly on her ankle. And not be askew in any way. In ANY WAY.

Yet, she adores those LittleMissMatched socks. Are you familiar with this brand? The socks have no match. It’s supposed to solve the problem of missing socks. Either that or send some slightly anal parents to the brink of insanity. And by “slightly anal parents,” I mean, me.

Summer received a bunch of these colorful socks for Christmas and they’re maddening. Here’s the conversation I have at least once a day.

“Oh, that’s so cute. Your little girls is wearing the wrong socks,” some well meaning mother or teacher or librarian or store clerk says.

“Actually, that’s how the socks come. There is no match,” I say sadly.

Look, I like order. I like organization. I do not like mismatched socks. The next time I make a really positive, life altering change in my life, those socks may all be missing.

P.S. Dear Auntie T., Thank you for the mismatched socks. Summer just absolutely lives for them. And I hope you haven’t been offended by this post. But for my mental well-being, don’t ever buy us those socks again. All my love, Kelcey

mama bird notes:

I was invited to Sesame Street Live this week (yes, thankfully my kids too). Click here for my review, my up close and personal moment with Cookie Monster and Elmo and how to snag 50% off tickets.

31 Responses to my husband’s aha! moment (inspired i’m sure by oprah)

  • Marinka says:

    I love those socks and wish they came in adult sizes. Because sorting 60,000 pairs of my husband’s similar-but-not-the-same black and blue socks is really draining. And yes, I am married to a centipede.

  • Mo says:

    You’re a Cirque du Soleil performer? I always had my suspicions.

    My wife always mocks my big epiphanies but as you’ve shown how accepting you are of such things I may have to direct them at you from now on. That OK with you?

    Discussions about which day is garbage day vs. recycling day are constant in our house because the DAMN FOOLS don’t collect anything on any of the days they are supposed to meaning that the scumbug demon of a cat from next door spends its nights ripping open the rubbish bags and scattering the crap everywhere.

    *ding* I just had an epiphany. Where’s my gun?

  • hokgardner says:

    My kids all got socks that come in sets of three – a pair and spare – but the socks don’t match at all. So now I have 12 socks floating around the house that don’t have matches. Elizabeth’s are the only ones I can tell apart from all the others, only because they’re so teeny.

    Fortunately, my oldest refuses to wear matching socks, so she’s happy.

  • Becky says:

    Could you order another of whatever set she has, and then they would have matches? Because that is driving me crazy and I don’t even live at your house or have a little girl wearing mismatching socks.

  • johanna says:

    I now throw all mismatched socks away as don’t have time to wait for the partner to appear! It drives me crazy to not have pairs — I’m way too Type A for those sold as mismatched so I pray no one ever gifts those to us!

  • mayberry says:

    My daughter craves those mismatched socks. So far, she doesn’t have any, but she just takes two pairs of matching socks and swaps them around to make two pairs of MISmatched ones. THERE IS NO ESCAPE, Kelcey.

  • Gretchen says:

    I hate my child’s socks. I feel like they are one of the banes of my existence. And long ago, I decided to purchase only one brand, one style of white athletic sock. I figured that way they would always match. But the damned kid keeps growing and wearing them out. “My socks are too little!” “I’ve got a hole!” Argh.

  • Diane says:

    When my first child was a baby, our nanny used to make fun of me for being so anal about making sure the playtex bottle cap matched the rim and the bottle. I was certifiably insane back then – and 3 children later, have yet to get my mind or control back. Socks? Who needs em – we live in Austin where we can wear flip flops all year long – and we do.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Who would have known I was always ahead of my time. Losing a sock was never a problem for me, I don’t fold them in pairs. I just take two of any of them out and wear them. Only for Xmas, I wear the one green and one red sock I managed to not lose…the rest of the time I’m like Summer…don’t make fun of me.

  • Amber says:

    @Marinka hahahah “similar-but-not-the-same black and blue socks” OH GOD I WISH MINE WOULD BUY ALLLLL THE SAME SOCKS! I really want to throw them all away and start fresh. He would never notice, but that would mean I would have to buy his socks…and I refuse to do that (or buy his underwear, lol)

  • Jen says:

    I send Luke to school in socks every day and every day they come home in his backpack. Maybe I’ll try these mismatched socks. Parker too hates socks, only wants to wear tights.
    Hope y’all are staying warm. It’s cold and rainy here –coldest winter in Texas in ages…figures!

  • layla solms says:

    they come in 3’s????
    you’d always be wearing one sock more than the others, right? what a nightmare.
    no way. not ever. not going to happen.
    i can’t stand to not wear the same sock of a pair on the same foot every time–
    i’ve even marked my socks for L & R…oh geez. this post made my blood pressure go up

  • Alecia says:

    It is funny how fixing or improving a tiny little thing can make such a difference. I have been eyeing those socks for some time. I think everyone in my family needs to switch to those!

  • Betsy says:

    We have some unmatching socks also. I can handle the non match, but ours came with a third sock. How exactly am I supposed to handle that on laundry day?

  • Rob Stewart says:

    one issue here, last year – i gained 30 pounds (which i have now lost) and rick is thin and in shape so this is not an issue, however that wallet security badge became an issue when i was heavier. i swing around to let my hip (wallet) allow access – and my pocket (poofed out from weight) RIPPED THE SECURITY BOX OFF THE WALL. that was my “ah-ha” moment to get back to the gym.

  • Terrell says:

    And i thought I had hit on the perfect solution to get Summer to put on her socks without the daily winter time argument. I wasn’t thinking of how they might drive you crazy, Kelcey!!! Solve one problem create another. But really just ignore those busy-body, know it all and need to comment women out there!!! PS I love my Adult sized LittleMisMatched Socks. Search again, Marinka… they do exist. I bought them on HSN or perhaps QVC. (It’s an occasional sleepless night activity. Drives my husband crazy but when I don’t have time to shop: it’s the only solution. A girl still needs her Retail Therapy)

  • Connie says:

    LOL Rob Stewart ripping the security box off the wall, hilarious!

    Socks should be disposable like diapers. I freakin’ hate socks. I wear only sandals, but can’t convince the other 4 members of my family to do the same. Even living in Florida.

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