I must admit that there are few times when I felt truly panicked. This morning was one of them.
It started our ordinarily enough. We have a prediction of about 5 inches of snow falling throughout the day. I thought about the new snow blower I have sitting in the garage. This might be the first time I will have to use it. But wait. What good will the snow blower do if there is no gas to put in it. I should have thought about this yesterday but didn’t. Since the heave snow hasn’t started I will go get some gas so I am ready. After all, if I can’t get the car out tomorrow that snow blower would do me no good.
Since I am going out anyway maybe I’ll make a quick stop at the store. We could use some bananas and a few other things. I had a plan. Coat on, hat on gloves on I go out to the car and head for the store first.
I find a good parking spot, turn off the car and with keys in hand enter the store. I always hold my keys since the store card is attached to the key ring. I stop at the bananas and pick out two nice ones. Then I go to check out the cashews, I like a handful a day. At that point for whatever reason I decide to shift keys from one hand to the other.
Wait. Keys aren’t there. Where are they? Are they in one of my pockets? I check all of my coat pockets. No keys. Did I put them in my pants pocket? I check. No keys. Where could they be? I am always careful with them.
Did I maybe put them down on the banana stand while I was looking for the perfect bananas? I retrace my steps. I look around. No keys. A stock person was putting out new banana. I ask him if he happened to find a set of car keys. He did not.
I am panicking now because what will I do? It was not only my car keys that I lost but the house key as well. I had only been to two places in the store and retraced my steps several times. No keys.
Did I maybe think I took the keys with me when they were possibly still in the car’s ignition? Did the maybe fall from my hand and and on the ground and because of the heavy gloves I was wearing I didn’t feel them slip. I went out to the car. I looked inside the car. No keys. I looked around the car. No keys. I walked back into the store looking down the entire time. No keys. Even though it is cold I started breaking out in a cold sweat. What to do.
I didn’t take my cell phone with me so I couldn’t call Kathy. I had one option left. Go to the courtesy desk and see if someone found keys and turned them in. I did and someone did. A big sigh of relief.