Sock and Laundry Humour

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That is the Question  

When all the kids were at home, I had 154 stinky socks to wash every week, at the bare minimum and socks disappeared into mountains of laundry. I could never find them all.

Do you have any idea where 154 socks can hide every week? I had to look between sheets, under Chesterfields and chairs, behind closet doors, inside wet boots, in school bags, under toy baskets, inside of pant legs and even, if I was lucky, in one of eleven dirty clothes baskets and still I could not find them all.

had to pair all the socks!

Or Did I?

That was the brilliant, out of the box sort of question I asked myself one day.

New solution:

Buy lots of black socks in every size. Surely some semblance of a pair of socks would be easier to find.

That was the new plan.

I simply tossed the black socks into a wicker basket with a three-foot circumference and a height of two and a half feet and hoped for the best.32-the-truth-about-lost-socks

However, I had managed to overlook one important fact. I had six daughters. Little girls don’t like black socks. They like pink socks. To make matters worse my mother bought cute socks with frills and bows and patterns that the girls really needed and loved.
None of them were the same! So although I used the toss and throw method of pairing, some mornings found us frantically searching for some appearance of a pair.

At times I had to literally toss the newly discovered pair over the upstairs railing. One of my kids, who already had their coat and school bag on their back, would catch them in mid-air. They quickly pulled on their socks, stuffed their feet into boots or shoes and flew out the door, barely making the school bus.

People joke about washing machines eating socks. Rationally, I know that this is a silly answer to my dilemma, but the more I think about it, the better I like the whimsical answer. I could kill myself trying to control everyone’s sock habits but really, life is much, more interesting if we relax a bit and joke about our failings and foibles.

It seems lots of people have sock problems, not just large families. So, I present sock jokes for your humourous enjoyment                                                                                               




5 thoughts on “Sock and Laundry Humour

  1. Very funny. I don’t usually have a problem with my son’s socks coming out of the laundry in uneven pairs, although he does have a hard time getting them to the laundry room. My daughter’s socks are an entirely different story. Thank goodness girls are completely into that mismatched sock thing right now. But not having “pairs” drives me crazy!


  2. Delightful! I used to tell my boys that the sock gremlin came to get them. He needed them to build his house up in the treetops…that’s why we can’t ever get them back, way to far up! What would a child with a crayon draw if they were to imagine the sock gremlin high above the tree tops?


  3. Oh this is so true for us also! We buy each of our boys different colors or logos from the others to make it easier to sort them out, and our girls like the mismatched pairs as well, and we still manage to lose an extraordinary number of socks! 🙂


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