My 18-year-old daughter Katie has lost the following things:

our house keys                            too many times to count

her Uggs                                        stolen at a track meet, Boston, USA

non-internet cell phone #1        left on a table in school cafeteria; stolen

non-internet cell phone #2       “uh, somewhere”

non-internet cell phone #3        dropped in toilet

$200 North Face jacket               lost on the first day she wore it, Cambridge, UK

my Raleigh bike                           left unlocked in a Cambridge bike rack;  stolen

various t-shirts                           “swapped” with friends;  never returned

Converse  sneakers                    left at a friend’s house, never found

all of her school papers             left in the women’s bathroom at high school

my socks                                       lost one of each pair

my ear buds (borrowed)           “how would I know where they are?”

my necklace  (ditto)                   “not me”

my connector cables (ditto)      “somewhere”

my Obama t-shirt (ditto)           “what???

my slippers (ditto)                     “really, Mom, really?”

her iPhone 5                            Never ever lost even for a second*

*because how could she function without it?

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