You may have this problem at your house; I don't know. If you have children old enough to help you in the kitchen, say anywhere between the ages of 5 and 25, you probably do have this problem. The problem I'm referring to, which has plagued me for quite a while now, is misplaced everyday items. Drives me nuts. I put the same things in the same place every single day, but do they realize that? No. It’s a terrible problem that surely must plague other mothers on a daily basis. Today's misplaced everyday item: The Pepper.
This is not the pepper that sits in a shaker on the table. That pepper is right in its place. It shakes out little tiny flecks of pepper. No, this is my coarsely ground pepper that I use at the stove. I love this pepper on my eggs. Ever since we moved here 2 years ago, I have kept this type of pepper, along with a box of salt, in the cabinet to the left of the stove, on the bottom shelf, at the front of the shelf, so I can just reach up and grab it. I was making scrambled eggs this morning and reached for my pepper. It wasn't there. This is not uncommon, so I began searching the rest of that shelf - behind the salt and seasoned salt, in the little plastic bin I keep my spice containers in, the shelf above, the other side of the cabinet - but found no pepper.
So I ask, "Has anyone seen the pepper?" One child comes over, looks in, and says, "There it is!" He is pointing to the leftover pepper container that I use to put my garlic spice mixture in to season chicken. I tell him it's not the pepper, but he insists that it is. I take it out and explain what this container is, proving to him - unsuccessfully, I fear - that I am not insane. But then my husband wants to know why in the world I keep an empty pepper container? Maybe I am insane after all. Again, I explain. He doesn't get it (but you do, right?). I looked all over that area of the kitchen, even in the refrigerator, for the pepper. I still haven't found it. I will soon have to mount a search and rescue operation to find my pepper. Or buy a new one. Then it'll show up.