No, this post isn’t about scary monsters under the bed, unless, of course, you count dust bunnies.
My seven-year old son has a race car bed. It’s the same bed he’s had for years now. That fun little tidbit may account for the fact that we recently discovered a treasure trove of crap under his mattress. There are small spaces on either side of the mattress that things slip through. Things like toys and socks and hair pins and glasses.
Before you go there – let me say – yes, I do change their sheets. But, I can typically do that without having to lift the entire mattress up. However, a few days ago, I decided I’d let my children take on this chore of changing the bedding. Heck, they are old enough! Well, after a lonnnnnng time in there – I finally decided to see what was going on. They were on an archeological dig under the mattress, arms buried deep in the side openings. My son saw me and asked with excitement, “MOM! Can we take the mattress off?!” I said yes. They flipped the mattress off and their eyes went wide: “WHOA! There’s so much stuff in here!”
I let them dig for treasure, with the one requirement that they really clean it up under there. A while later, they appeared with an entire basket full of stuff. There were glow sticks, socks, pieces of trash and… a Nintendo DS. What?! Where did that come from? It’s not ours!
I began texting/calling friends whose kids may have left this thing here. Who knows how long it’s been here?
Here’s my question, folks – what do you do with the toys that are left behind? I mean, this isn’t a jump rope. It’s an expensive toy! Surely he or she got in some big trouble when they came home without it!
What do I do with this thing?