Monday, August 8, 2011

The Last Straw in a haystack

My daughter is devastated and frantic. Somewhere between spending last Wednesday evening at our friend's house, and coming home, her Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 3 (The Last Straw) has gone missing.

The entire household -- and my friend's household -- is on the lookout. But, no luck.

It's Thursday evening. She is now experiencing full-blown RDS -- Reading Deprivation Syndrome. It's time to go to bed, but she doesn't have her book. And she likes to read before bed. She wants to find out what Greg, our wimpy kid, will do next.

She goes to bed without her book. Without knowing what mess Greg has gotten into lately. She is very upset.

What if we don't find her book?
Will we buy her another one?
What if she never finds out what happens to Greg, Rowley and Rodrick???

Friday night -- we head back over to our friend's house for a birthday party. After most of the guests leave, an all-out search begins. Three adults and one panicked 7-year-old scour under and behind couches, in bedrooms, under ottomans. No book.

Then, our friend announces "Wait! I think I know where it is!"

She removes the couch cushion, and reaches into a small ripped seam in the side of the couch. And pulls out the prized Wimpy Kid The Last Straw book! That sneaky book had slid inside the couch!  Our friend said that she realized the ripped seam existed after she lost her cell phone down the abyss a couple of months ago.

Since finding the book, our daughter's RDS symptoms have disappeared. And she has already finished Book 3 - The Last Straw.

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