I shared this idea with the 15-year-old girl and she was very impressed. So there you have it.
I am a notorious loser. I lose all kind of things, and it's very embarrassing, because I happened to marry into a family of non-losers. These are people who chronicle each of their books in a file on their laptop, stack their cups by size and color, remember exactly what you borrow from them, and arrive 20 minutes early to each and every function.
I, on the other hand, lead a completely disorganized life. I forget teacher's meetings, I'm never early to anything, sometimes I forget to feed some of my kids dinner, because they happened to be elsewhere when I put the food out. I forget to put gas in my van, and have to borrow gas from my brother-in-law...
...who always has a 5-gallon can on hand, and who, when I ask if I can borrow it because I forgot to fill up when I was in the big town, says, "You don't learn very quickly do you. Haven't we been through this before?"...
...and I lose things, sometimes very important things, things like...
-Social security cards
-The wedding ring from my first marriage
...and the list goes on.
I have begun to realize this is a serious problem as I've had to gather important records in preparation for turning in the paperwork for the 18-year-old boy's 2-year mission. You wouldn't believe what trouble we, and I say we, because sometimes John gets dragged into it, have had to go through to have some of these important documents re-issued. And also, I have spent a lot of time on my knees asking Heavenly Father to help me find things I've lost. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't.
Okay, so here's my idea. From now on, I am going to email myself the location of a specific object if there is any chance at all I could lose it within the foreseeable future. This is how it works....
1. I will compose an email to myself with the name of the item I might lose as the subject of the email, such as "Breast Pump".
2. In the body of the email, I will write the location of the item, such as "in the bottom drawer of the black file cabinet in my bedroom".
3. If I happen to move the item, I will go back to the email, by searching the name of the item, and forward myself the new location, such as "took it to my mom's and left it in her guest room closet for use the next time I visit".
I have already done this with a number of items, and I feel like an successful executive CEO who can't be stopped! So you'd like to know where my personal pass to travel in Mexico is? In my folder on my wheat grinder (don't ask why). And where is the medical form I have to take to the doctor for the 18-year-old boy's mission paperwork? In the cabinet above the computer in the kitchen! And I can tell you where the wedding ring from my second marriage is, because I'm too fat to wear it,... but I won't.
I tell you what, this is revolutionizing my life.