Finding the key


One of the car keys went missing. It was a week since we last saw it. I began to get nervous about only having one key. In case it went missing too.

We began to hunt. I looked in all the pockets of my jackets and trousers. I strongly suspected that I had left the key in a pocket. I seem to have a lot of jackets. They are all for specific purposes, such as working (smart), working (smart casual), voluntary working (informal), voluntary working (smart – actually the same jacket as ‘working (smart)), walking (not raining), walking (possibility  of rain), cycling (although I knew that I don’t take the car key cycling), gardening etc.

Mrs R looked in the pocket of her coat (multi-purpose) and in her handbag.

No key.

“Have you looked in your study?” She asked lightly.

I knew that she thought that I was responsible for losing the key. She was being very careful not to make an accusation, just in case there was a tiny chance that she was to blame and I would say “I told you it wasn’t me”. Marital harmony depends on tact and consideration for others’ feelings.

I knew that it was almost certainly my fault. Mrs R. never loses anything. She is very organised and puts things in their proper place. But I didn’t admit that I thought it was me, because that would give her tacit permission to criticise my untidiness and general lack of organisation. Marital harmony depends on knowing when to keep your mouth shut.

I began to look in my study. I never take the car keys into my study because they would disappear as soon as I put them down. I knew that I was as likely to find the car key in my study as I was to find out that Einstein’s theory of general relativity was incorrect.

Like all good detectives I thought about the circumstances of the mysterious disappearance of the key. It had been in the car. Then it was not in the car. Like the sat nav.

I looked in the sat nav box on the shelf in my study. The sat nav was there with its rubber sucker holder, electrical lead and the car key.

3 Responses to “Finding the key”

  1. Sitting down and thinking things through is generally the best way to find something. It’s important however to explain this to any curious onlookers, otherwise when they ask what you’re doing and you say “looking for something” they inevitably respond, “what? Your marbles?”
    Or something equally pithy.

  2. 2 Steve M

    There is a remote possibility that you may have to start checking your study for keys:


  3. 3 Mrs Bentley

    A similar event occurred this morning with Mr Bentley – on the way to work I began to wonder whether I had picked up my pass from the dining table before leaving the house. The more I wondered – the more concerned I became!
    We paused outside Sainsbury’s whilst I scanned the contents of my overly large handbag, and my pockets. “When did you last have it?” he asked.
    “I’m sure I put it on the dining table – but it wasn’t there this morning so I must have picked it up” I replied.
    I sensed mild disapproval and amusement!!
    We carried on our merry way – he proudly showed me his pass. On we walked …
    “Oh … hang on…” he said before fumbling with the contents of another pocket, disapproval giving way to guilt as he produced another pass … “Hmmm – I’m not sure how that got there!”

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