My wife and I have hardwood floors in our living room and kitchen. And not that fake wood that you can pick up by the cord at Home Depot, snap together and can glue in place in an afternoon for that almost-realistic “hardwood” feeling.
No, this is the Old School stuff, built back when JFK was in the White House. It’s hard as iron and my knees feel it every time I get down on it and play horsey with my daughters riding on my back. And with real hardwood floors come real nails. This house is 50-plus years old, and with time it has done some settling. As such, one of these real nails has begun sticking up from the floor. Not too much, but it is a nail and a nail sticking out even a little bit from the floor is enough. Especially when you keep snagging your socks on it, like my daughter Maddo did the other day.
I finally decided it was time to take action against this sock-rendering nail and over the weekend, I dug out my trusty tack hammer to do the trick. I went to the garage, took out the hammer and held it up in front of my face as I walked into the house. And as I went inside, Maddo asked me for about 376th time to set up the easel that she and her sister, Little Sis, got from my brother and his wife for Christmas. I couldn’t put it off any longer, so I set the hammer down somewhere, spent the next two hours putting the easel together, and for about an hour after that, I helped the girls paint and try not to splay blue, red, green and yellow colors all over the living room wall.
And by the time I was done managing their modern art, I had completely forgotten where I had put the tack hammer. Three days have passed and I haven’t been able to locate the thing. And I don’t just mean I can’t find the hammer; I have absolutely no idea where it is. Not a clue.
This is because since having kids, my memory is shot.