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Cheeky Mama: Mom goes to great lengths in search

Being a mother puts you into different frames of mind. Sometimes you are elated, sad, mad or just plain insane.

All of these feelings are because of the fact that we have a ton of things on our plate.   

So when I started flipping out about losing my mind, I literally thought it was happening.  

Here’s why: Within a week I managed to misplace two important items. One happened to be one of Hannah Jo’s birthday gifts. It was a $25 Amazon gift card. This made me feel very bad. The other was $30 in Kohl’s cash, which I earned from spending money on my Kohl’s credit card.  

Don’t even try to calculate how much I bought to earn that much. The real calculation is that all in all it was like losing $55.

I searched high and low for these two things. In hopes of finding them, I ruffled through a pile of bills, cleaned out a junk drawer and emptied out my purse. Truthfully, I even rummaged through the garbage. It was super gross.

I needed to find them in order to prove to myself that I wasn’t crazy.   

What in the world happened to it? It didn’t grow legs and walk away. My husband was half irritated about me mulling over the situation and half laughing at me. Seriously, though – where did they go?

A week went by and I was still baffled. Until my husband yelled for me in the shower. He said, “Honey, you gotta peak your head out. I have something to show you.”

So I did. Standing there in his hands were the two things I was convinced were lost forever. I screeched in delight and then of course asked, “Where did you find them?”  

Apparently, Hannah Jo had hid them in her daddy’s nightstand. Apparently, playing cashier at a busy grocery store was taken very seriously.

She stashed a bunch of loose change, various business cards along with her Magic Kingdom Fast Pass. Hannah Jo collected a bunch of goodies for her store.  

Anyway, I was so happy that my husband found the lost items. However, I was more relieved to know that I hadn’t lost my mind just yet.     

• Becca Hirst is a proud DeKalb resident who writes about her life as a working mother. She hopes to bring more enjoyment to and less shaming and judging of herself and other mothers. Reach her at

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