November 16th, 2012
Boy, did I screw up today. ROYALLY.
Yesterday evening, I looked at Pudding’s parka, and it looked a smidge dirty around the neck, so I decided to throw it in the wash.
And, for good measure, I threw Punksin’s in too.
Today, we’re about to go and run some errands, so I run into the basement and retrieve the coats from the dryer. And for some reason, I decided THEN to check the pockets. THEN.
Which is when I found my daughter’s iPod, which was…nice and clean!
CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE.
To say that she cried rivers would be a bit of an understatement.
She said she’d started a journal.
And had texts from her friends that she liked to “go over.”
And also, of course, loads of pictures of Speedy.
Me pointing out that at least he wasn’t dead and we could take MORE pictures had to be one of my crowning moments of Sagittarian tactlessness.
Sometimes, I suck at this.
I feel awful. Of course I am going to get her a new one, but…I feel awful. Also, because my first response was, “WHY did you leave it in your COAT?”
To my credit, if there can be said to be ANYTHING to my credit about this whole fiasco, is that I did apologize, not only for throwing it in the wash, but for suggesting that she shouldn’t have left it in her coat to begin with. How many times do I leave my PHONE in my coat? ALL THE TIME.
Then she started saying that yes, it was her fault for leaving it in there, and it so ISN’T, so I made sure I told her that, that I SHOULD have checked, and I THOUGHT I checked but I checked her outside pockets and the iPod was tucked in an inside pocket.
Poor thing, after she cried her eyes out she put on a brave face but when we got out of the car at Trader Joe’s she had tear tracks on her cheeks, and at bedtime, she admitted that it was hard to fall asleep because she couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I feel awful.
I dropped my iPhone in the shower once and tried a trick I read about online of leaving it sitting in rice overnight. It worked. But dropping a phone in the shower for 2 seconds is considerably less damaging, I would think, than having an iPod go through a 55-MINUTE WASH CYCLE.
The Apple logo DID come up when I stuck it on the charger. That’s a good sign, right?
Well, it’s sitting in rice now but I don’t hold out much hope.
Sigh. BIG sigh.