JJ, Benny and I briskly stride down the trail. Its the main walking, biking, and running trail through the city. Running parallel to major thoroughfares, its a thin strip of forested oasis from the traffic and cars.
Clothing on a branch catches my eye. We stop and I inspect. Its a pair of dark patterned socks.
We attract lost clothing, especially socks. We’ve run into one purple sock and two pairs of black socks on parking strips, a hat on an electrical pole, a sweater on a fence and numerous gloves in the road.
I’m mystified. Who loses socks on a trail? You lose socks in the laundry. Its 40 degrees out, not barefoot weather. You’re not going to voluntarily strip off your socks unless you like your feet really really cold.
Did a jogger splash through a big puddle? For certain, if you’re a jogger in the Pacific Northwest, you will get soaked from head to foot. I have never seen a jogger carrying anything to stow socks in. And these aren’t sport socks.
Little Jimmy is out on his bike with Mom in tow and he joy rides through a large puddle. Mom always has extra socks stowed away because Little Jimmy loves wet feet. The family calls him little Jimmy duck. Little Jimmy hurdles down the trail with his dry socks and Mom chases after him;forgetting the wet socks. This scenario is a possibility, as they could be kid’s socks.
The good Samaritans around here, when they find clothing on the ground, hang it up on the nearest branch, pole or other lofty place. I surmise the thought is if you hang it up high, whoever lost it is more likely to find it. In this case, its not working. The socks are still on the branch a week later, even more soaked as its the rainy season here.
And I’m still mystified.
i think if you collected all of the clothes you find on your outings, you would have a lovely new wardrobe. or at least enough clothes to make a fine scarecrow.
that’s true. I’ve thought about starting a neighborhood lost and found.
Every time I see random clothing, my first questions is “what’s your story?” How does one shoe just find it’s way to the middle of a road? I need answers!
I do too, but they do not seem to be forthcoming. I just get more questions!
I am curious when I see one shoe in the middle of the road. It’s not like seeing a glove or hat. I hope the solo shoe isn’t the result of an evil deed. We were at our local pub on Christmas eve and there was a black wig in the parking lot and it appeared to be one of good quality – not a Halloween type wig. I didn’t want to pick it up but wonder what story is associated with it.
A wig, very interesting. Must be an intriguing story behind that one. I rarely see shoes, But other interesting finds include a make up kit and hairbrush at a street crossing and work out clothes shoved up against the curb.
If only we knew the stories behind these items. We could probably write a book. 🙂
They’d be very interesting, that’s for sure.