The sun was shining, the kids were happy, and it had taken me the good part of the afternoon to roll off my lawn chair in search of a snack.
“Grab me a glass of lemonade while you’re in there, will you?” Kyle had said, his eyes closed beneath the book that lay open over his face.
In the kitchen, I made a big show about washing off an apple before shoving a handful of stale Cheetos in my mouth. I opened the fridge and pulled out the pitcher of pink lemonade which, unsurprisingly, was down to the last tablespoonful. Fortunately for Kyle (and all of the neighborhood’s little lemonade lovers who had left half-full glasses all over the counter), we had a secret powdered drink stash in case the need for a flash lemonade stand arose. I dug it out of the back of the pantry, and went to retrieve the kitchen scissors to cut the plastic wrap off the container.
When we were wed, Kyle and I had been gifted a conch shell-shaped pewter salad bowl, a combination rice cooker-vegetable steamer, and a knife block filled with a variety of knives and a pair of kitchen scissors. After sixteen years, most of the knives had been replaced (see Why is the Bread Knife in the Garage?: A Kosior Mystery Series #118), but the kitchen scissors lived on, shearing everything from shipping box tape to broken fishing line to any other manner of items that really didn’t belong in the kitchen and please take them out in the garage and stop right there, you don’t need the bread knife.
That is, of course, until that fateful Sunday.
I leaned out the patio door.
“Hey, where are the kitchen scissors?” I called to Kyle.
“In the knife block?” He replied, helpfully, as one would to a person who had never before been in her own kitchen.
I didn’t bother to look back at the knife block, where the spot for the kitchen scissors was void and dark.
“Nope,” I said.
Kyle took the book off his face. “On the counter?”
“In the fridge?” (see Time to Put Away the Groceries and Oh Hey The Remote’s in the Vegetable Drawer: A Kosior Mystery Series #8, #71, and #119)
I checked the fridge. Nothing.
“They’ll turn up,” Kyle said, as our youngest, Seven, came screeching into the yard with a bloody knee.
The next morning, I went to cut the itchy tag off of Seven’s t-shirt and found the kitchen scissors had not magically reappeared overnight.
“Where are the kitchen scissors?” I asked his brother, Eleven, as he powered through his second bowl of cereal.
“I don’t know; Seven probably took them,” he said confidently.
“I did not!” Seven shouted indignantly. “You took them!”
“I did not!” Eleven shouted back.
“He always BLAMES ME for EVERYTHING!” Seven stomped on the floor.
“YOU ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING!” Eleven waved his arm about his head as if to point to 100% of the objects and situations in the house and beyond.
“MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM HE’S BLAMING ME FOR EVERYTHING,” Seven burst into tears.
Twenty minutes later, after the required apologies and third bowls of cereal, I returned to the question regarding the kitchen scissors.
“Someone probably stole them,” Seven said, his mouth full of his brother’s Cheerios, which tasted better than his own.
“Why would someone steal them?” I asked.
Seven thought for a moment. “Because they needed them,” he said.
His point was irrefutable: The kitchen scissors were missing and no one in the house had allegedly moved them; the only possible scenario was that someone had broken in for the sole purpose of stealing the scissors and nothing else. I was ready to order a standing bulletin board and mugshot printer so as to start my investigation of possible scissors thieves when Kyle appeared from his office and said,
“Maybe the scissors are in the basement.”
For all intents and purposes, the basement of the house had been turned over to our children and their friends. Once a week, Kyle and I would ruin our sons’ lives by making them put away their toys and take down their makeshift knee hockey rink. Then, after they were in bed, Kyle and I would go down and actually straighten up to my our liking. It was in this second-tier clean-up that we often recovered items previously considered lost (or stolen – see The Case of the Missing Crapped-Up Flip-Flops: A Kosior Mystery Series #199) forever. Maybe the kitchen scissors were in the basement.
Two days later, despite dozens of children and adults tromping up and down the basement stairs, no one had pointedly looked for the scissors. Also, Kyle had temporarily replaced the kitchen scissors with his office scissors…so, you know, problem solved or whatever.
Finally, in an effort to reclaim his scissors and move on to more pressing matters (see The Adventures of the Wiffle Balls Which Should Be In The Backyard But Are Not: A Kosior Mystery Series #205), Kyle put our best man on the case: Seven.
“Hey, buddy, if you find the kitchen scissors we’ll get ice cream tonight,” Kyle said.
Seven immediately retreated to the basement and returned moments later, kitchen scissors in hand.
“I knew right where they were!” He said proudly. “Yep, right where I left them.”
It was an inside job, but the culprit was cute so we let it slide…this time. For now, the kitchen scissors (and the bread knife) are back where they belong.
The photo above is of the scene of the crime.
This week’s news has a book written by a group of third graders, towns full of pollinator gardens and chalk art, and a Renaissance Faire. Read on.
Led by their teacher, Tammy Gapinski, a group of Jamestown third-graders have published a book entitled, “Goodnight Jamestown” featuring local landmarks. (News Dakota)
Jim and Dale Nelson are displaying their family’s 100+ collection of clocks at the Dickinson Museum Center through the end of the month. (KFYR TV)
Minot now has five pollinator gardens – one in a roundabout – thanks to The Minot Pollinator Project. (KFYR TV)
The Red River Valley Motorcyclists recently donated over $40,000 to organizations for veterans and fallen law enforcement officers. (Grand Forks Herald)
For the past seven years, the streets and sidewalks of Dickinson have come alive with chalk. (Dickinson Press)
North Dakota is now home to our very own Renaissance Faire, and if you’re going to go you may want to consider a costume – check out the photos in the article. (Fargo Forum)
The Bismarck Larks’ first-ever “Kid of the Year” is a 12-year-old named Eva Brooke, who handed out “blessing bags” to homeless people in the community. (KFYR TV)
The all-volunteer Mandan Rural Fire Department is turning 60. (KFYR TV)
Let’s Be (Official) Pals!
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