Monday, January 14, 2013

When I Set My Mind to Something



At first glance, you might imagine this post will be about the tenacity required to complete a novel. Or perhaps you’re thinking I’m going to tell you about planning my wedding or ripping up the carpeting in our enormous great room to surprise my husband with stunning hardwoods after he returned from a business trip.

Nope, I’m going to tell you about the incomparable quest for a dropped sock.

Yes, a sock.

But this wasn’t just any missing sock (I’m not that uptight) and it didn’t simply go AWOL in the abyss of the dryer.

No, I witnessed the fall.

As I carried laundry up from our basement, one lone sock tumbled from the top of the towering load. I cringed as it landed in no man’s land.

Whether it was the glass of wine I’d already downed egging me on or the nerve of the sock to cliff dive like that, I can’t say, but no matter…I had to retrieve it.

Said sock waited for me at the base of the back of the basement steps in a skinny and nearly impossible to reach crevice.

I became Strider (aka Aragorn) daring to enter the cramped haunted caverns of the White Mountains. Might as well have been a sign below the basement steps that read “Thou shall not pass.” (Okay, officially done with Lord of the Rings references.)

I lifted my mock sword (familiar to most as a rod I popped off the laundry rack) and climbed suitcases like I’ve never climbed suitcases before. I extended my arm to the point my shoulder threatened to dislocate. My knees throbbed from the awkward frog pose I was forced to take. The sword (laundry rack rod) made contact. I pulled with all my might.

The sock favored dust bunnies.

The sock didn’t want to come home to its partner.

Blimey.

Stubborn sock. I wiggled. Refusing to admit defeat, I maneuvered into a new precarious position. I slapped some double-sized tape on my sword. I jabbed at the thing like Jack killing the beast in a scene from The Lord of the Flies. (First Rings now Flies. I’ll try not to throw in of the Dance.)

If it had one to stick out, the sock would have jutted out its tongue in an obnoxious mockery.

I was losing hope. Cricks in my neck made me aware of muscles I didn’t even know existed. The white sock had officially rolled in enough dust bunnies to turn it gray (nothing about Gandalph).

I threw things at it. I threw my fists up. I threw up. (No, not the last thing or the second to last.) But I grew irrevocably determined.

I shimmied until I sprawled out over the suitcases and bricks and other miscellaneous objects that left mysterious black etchings on my wrists and clothing. Once more I jousted the sock with the sticky end of my sword. I cinched my eyes shut and dragged the lint-coated thing toward me. Reluctantly, it came.

Just in time for me to topple.

I have wounds to show for my sock adventure.

I also have two matching socks.

Have you ever cracked yourself up when your personality wouldn’t let up (even as things grew funny and a little perilous—hey, I have a Band-Aid to show for it)?

22 comments:

  1. LOL! I loved picturing this, but sorry about the wounds. Hey all in the name of perseverance, right? :)

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    1. Absolutely. I gave it all I had. ;-) Came out as if I'd played a rugby match.

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  2. As I was reading this, I literally yelled, "Though shall not! PASS!" My dog brought his head up from the couch and cocked his head. Love this post, Wendy.

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    1. Bet you sounded just like G! Yeah Bubba, now that dog knows how to pay attention to a fine actress when he sees one.

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  3. Haha, oh you made me laugh. As did Katie's comment above. Hehehe...thanks for the morning laugh!

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    1. Laughter is good for the soul. I'll say it again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again again and again and again...love control/C.

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  4. Um, really, no photo of you ... or the real vanquished sock?
    And maybe once I've picked up myself from the floor and dusted the dust bunnies off my butt and stopped laughing, I can think of a time when I should have admitted defeat -- but didn't ...

    oh, wait, one's coming to me ...

    laughing again ...

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    1. Talk about running (you did on your blog today)--you'd have run from that sock if you'd seen it. Not sure what's down in that crevice, but it sure ain't pretty and it's mighty hairy. ;-)

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  5. HA. This was great. I want to know what time you were having that glass of wine though...
    :P

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    1. I usually do laundry around 8AM. Does that answer your question? :D No, I was tackling it all in the evening b/c I had to get that writing in when kiddos were at school. Good Wendy.

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  6. The sock wars can be treacherous!

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    1. Someone seriously needs to write a children's book about how all the missing socks are conspiring to one day return and take over the planet.

      I'd read it anyway.

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    1. Ran today & thought about you and your new exercise routine.

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  8. You crack me up. So are you starting a sock retrieval business? I have many lonely socks (and mittens). I need your determination! :)

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    1. I've heard people sew quilts with the leftover ones. Gives 'em purpose. :) And I did seriously consider marketing my "sword" at a low rate of only $9.95.

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    1. I do things like this so I'll have something to blog about. All for the blog. :D

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  10. But. . . YOU GOT the SOCK! It didn't best you. And that's the point, right? Also, that you write so well, this should be a scene in a novel, don't you think?

    I love your spunk!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Jeanette! Love your encouraging spin on how I humiliated myself for a hairy sock.

      And yes, that is so the point. I laugh at how much that sock really represented and the lengths I'll go to...oh, the lengths I'll go.

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  11. that was so funny...that sock was probably laughing at you! and now we can, glad you're ok though!!

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    1. I did it all for laughs! ;-) Actually, it was pure determination (hear stubbornness) on my part.

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