Things found under the loveseat cushion: A list

A list of things I pulled out from under the loveseat cushion today:

2 harmonicas (64 Chronomica and Marine Band key of D)
1 yellow dinky car
1 Kinderegg plastic egg
1 random piece of Kinderegg toy
1 watermelon candy stick from Christmas (still in package)
2 pens
4 pencils
1 blue pencil crayon, 4 inches
1 black pencil crayon, 7 inches
2 crayons
2 pieces of ripped computer paper
1 purple hair elastic
a bit of black embroidery thread
1 luggage address tag (not filled in)
a small piece of a children’s book cover
1 red chocolate kiss foil wrapper
1 broken blue balloon
1 book light with dead batteries
1 magnetic “great fish” (the kind that swallowed Jonah)
1 lollipop handle
1 bookmark
1 Calico Critters toy pamphlet
1 hairpin
1 popsicle stick
1 plastic pretend telescope
1 raisin
1 folded church Christmas program (from 2017)
1 yellow index card (blank)
1 Valentine from Arden to Ivy
2 rubber bands
1 clothing tag
1 horse chestnut


Some days the sum total of life seems merely a collection of oddities and scraps. But if I look long enough at the list, there’s a lot of living there. Moments and memories tucked in the folds of a floral print, they form a picture of our very own full, messy, joyous existence.

This little mountain on the dining room table is a signal hill of all the things I cannot keep ordered or under control. It’s also the funniest thing I’ve seen this week. It’s a reminder not to take things too seriously.

And next time I lose something, I know where I’m going to look first!




Lindsey Gallant
A northern girl living the island life. Learning "glad and natural living in the recognized presence of God." Writer, book nerd, nature lover. Homeschool mom and Charlotte Mason enthusiast. Prefers pen and paper.

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