There is something wrong with starting out as two and ending up as one. The disappointment and frustration that you can’t count on that other one anymore can be too much on a morning when everything else seems to be going wrong. You sigh wistfully and think about the first time you saw them together, so perfect for you. And now, when you need them together the most… the mate to your sock is gone!
Dryer lint trap? Nope, not there. Under the bed? Not there either. In the bottom of the laundry hamper? No dice!
This weekend, just like I do every year, is our family’s last weekend with our current sock basket. All of the laundry will be washed. All of the socks will be mated that can be mated. Everything else goes away. Unlike years past, though, I am trying to figure out what to do to recycle those sad and lonely mate-less socks.
I’ve pondered filling them with lint (or other socks?) and making those little tubey things that you put against the bottom of the door to keep air from coming in (I know they have a name, but too lazy to search it now). Maybe I can take the fluffy ones and stitch them together for a quilt and donate it to a homeless shelter? I’m sure folks who are more crafty than me would consider turning them into Sock Monkeys or doll clothes. Personally, I don’t want more toy junk for the children. They have plenty.
So, what do you do when your sock loses its mate? Do you wait until you have a bunch and throw them away? Recycle them in some way?