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Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Blessing of the Odd Socks

I have this thing about odd socks. I'm so sure that eventually the mate will show up that I've spent the last 30 years holding onto every lonely only that came out of the dryer. Once every couple of months I dump them all out and try to match them up. The result is discouraging to say the least.

Last Tuesday I FINALLY got fed up with it. I determined to once and for all go through the sock basket, match up everything I could, and get rid of the rest. The laundry was done and the house was relatively clean so I knew that there shouldn't be any stragglers hiding in the dark recesses under MG's bed. After three hours of the kind of frustration that only comes from putting a puzzle together just to find out there are pieces missing I'd finally managed to match what was matchable. The rest I dumped in a repurposed dry cleaning bag and posted it on Freecycle.

Mandi's son, Zachary, is disabled. Last Tuesday Mandi was reading Zach a book in which there were sock puppets. When her little guy's eyes lit up and he said he wanted to make some sock puppets like those in the book Mandy immediately emailed her church group asking for odd socks.

Wednesday morning one of Mandi's church lady friends phoned her to say that she'd just seen a bag of odd socks offered on Freecycle. She gave Mandi my email address.

Sitting at Subway enjoying a rare good day with MG, my phone beeped notifying me I'd received a new email (yes, in addition to twittering my life away I'm an email freak). When I read the email I immediately called Mandi and scheduled a meeting at 4:00 for her to come pick up the bag. In less than 24 hours the socks were on their way to a new and more purposeful life.

Coincidence? I don't think so. I think it's yet another in a long line of Godincidences that have blessed my life. And it is yet another reminder that God truly does have it all covered.

Peace, Blessings, and Lambchop Love to all!


  1. That was a fun read. I do think it is all handled so why haven't I come up with a post for today yet?

  2. Awww, I love this post. I started loving it just thinking of how the mundane tasks of life -- like matching socks -- can give little bursts of accomplishment. I ended up loving it because it warmed my heart. Thank you!

  3. There is something very precious about a Godincidence. I love sock monkeys too.

  4. I'm the same way with mismatched socks. We've even moved with them. How sad is that? We got so tired of the mismatched socks and the older girls wearing my socks that we went out and bought a different type of sock for each of us. We put our initials on each sock. Hopefully, this will solve the problem in the long run. Then again, someone gave my girls each a pair of colored socks for Christmas.

    Wow the timing for freecyle worked out beautifully! I've thought about freecycling ours. I probably should. What we've done lately is use them to dust or clean and then toss them.

  5. Happy New Year!

    What is funny to me about this post is that the top drawer in my chest is full of mismatched socks. Every now and again, I do the same thing - go through it, match what I can, and start again.

    I had never known of FreeCycle, so I thank you for the link! I have joined (well, membership is pending) and I think it will be nice to 'greenify' my world! =)

  6. Augh, I so meant to comment earlier but instead I just watched the Lambchop video and squealed like a little kid again.

    I love the fact that those socks went to great use. My mother is the same way. She would begin collecting them in January and always check up on them in December. Surprisingly (or not) we'd only get a pair or two reunited.

  7. Our girl scout troup runs the local service units brownie/daisy sleepover every year. One of their favorite projects is sock puppets, many families donate to the sock collection, so the little girls can make multiple puppets.

  8. That is so great! We have a basket of odd socks, too. Every now and then I go through it and pick some socks out for crafts with my daughter.

  9. That is wonderful! I never thought of anything like that, I just get fed up and toss them in the trash. I'm glad they were able to go to good use.

  10. It always feels so good to set something free from our home and give it a new life. I for one thought at first, what would anyone need odd socks for? What a great idea.

  11. How wonderful. Isn't it amazing how something that seems so simple in life can be so awesome. Keep up the good work.


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