Frantic search in all the usual places for the car keys this morning so Joe could go to town. Then one of the sisters suggested, "Sister, considering it's Mary, I suggest you look in someplace UNusual."
I thought back to the last time I drove. Tuesday. Coming home from Bible study. Late. Sharon waiting here to help pack, and me not home to direct her. McDonald's bag from previous day on the floor of car. Grabbed it and the two cups and threw in dumpster on the way into the house. Dumpster empty except two McD cups and a bag. No keys. I'd have seen them.
I'd have seen them, right? I really wouldn't have been so dumb as to throw away my car keys?
"Which dumpster, Mary?"
"Uh, ... I'm not sure. Maybe that one," replied Mary hesitantly, adding to herself, "Let's hope so, since that one has nicely tied bags and the other one is full of loose garage detritus."
Joe removes the nicely tied bags from the one he's searching, while I grab garbage bags and start to fill them with the gunk from the other.
Joe found a McD's bag at the bottom.
"Did you find two cups?"
"No cups. Just a bag."
"Shoot that means it's in this one."
Joe repacks all his nicely tied bags.
I dump the dumpster all over the driveway and Joe joins me in digging.
A few minutes later Joe exclaims with great relief, "Here they are!"
What a dope I am!