Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Writing Prompt: Pass the Bayer, Please

I can't say I wasn't warned. In fact, everyone warned me. "Buy a backup," they said, "in case this one gets lost."

What was the thing going to do? Walk away? And who was going to steal it? There was more of a risk that it would be mistaken for trash and thrown away.

In fact, that's exactly what I thought had happened three weeks ago. 

The realtor was showing our house last-minute so I had to get the baby and the dog out the door right away. 

Our sweet salesperson picked up some things before showing the house, and one of those things… disappeared.

My child's attachment item.

I spent the entire night on the phone with the realtor, tearing the house apart. No one had seen Bear (pronounced "Bayer" by my child; I always think she's asking for an aspirin). 

Panic ensued (I'm talking about myself of course) and I ran a marathon to seven different stores with no look-alike Bayer to be found.

I finally convinced the baby to accept a rogue Bayer, and eventually she stopped mentioning her beloved. Until last Tuesday, when she opened the coffee table drawer and calmly said, "Bayer". Then she promptly closed the drawer.

It's too late. She's bonded with the ugly store-brand replacement. The expensive discontinued model lies rejected in the bowels of the coffee table.

But the good news is, the store-brand is made in China. And as we all know, there are three million of them at the local Wal-Mart.

I just bought them all.


Writing prompt: What's the most beloved thing in your life? What would you do if it disappeared? 


Bekah Hamrick Martin is a Scribble Chick who can be reached at www.facebook.com/bekahhamrickmartin, unless she's finding a storage place for a lot of Bayers. 

You can purchase a copy of her book at any local retailer, or online. Or you could buy 10 or 20 copies for your closest friends and family, because the author profits go to a good cause (ending sex trafficking).

1 comment:

  1. Oh goodness. My Bible is probably my most beloved thing. I never go anywhere without it. Lol. Even though I have a Bible app on my phone, there's something about my leather (kind of) Bible that makes me feel okay about everything.
    As for my "attachment item" I may be a 19 year-old, soon-to-be college sophomore, but I am not ashamed to admit that I sleep with a little black and white stuffed dog that my daddy gave me for Valentines Day when I was little. "Jack" looks pretty raggedy these days, but I still love him no matter what. Should he ever go missing, cheap Walmart bears would never suffice. ;)