Last night, I was about ready to file a missing person's report. Well, I suppose it would have been more of a missing headband's blogpost. You see, I had been neglecting my headband and one day about a week ago, it just disappeared. I had let it go for sometime without getting it in the washer. I should have realized something was amiss when it ceased to soak up my sweat as efficiently as it used to. I thought everything would be ok when I thoughtlessly tossed it in the hamper. A few days later, I did the laundry, and was excited to pull it out of the dryer on the morning of my run. Quickly shuffling through the clothes, I didn't come across it. No problem. I could manage the run without it. Later on, when I was folding the laundry, I still didn't see it. That's when I started to worry. Not too much though, it couldn't be too far. There were still some clothes in the hamper. Maybe it fell a little lower than I thought. It'll turn up in the next wash. Well, yesterday was the next wash, and it still wasn't there! Where could it be? It couldn't just vanish! Could it? Perhaps there was some foul play? I've had that headband since my junior year in high school. We've been through a lot together...
(Commence sentimental music and black and white flashback sequence.)
I bought you for something like 99 cents plus tax at Fred Meyer. It was mostly out of fun with some of the other guys on the cross country team. Little did I know that I'd be the only one to continue wearing one throughout that season and seasons to come.
You came with me on my mission to Germany, although I wasn't able to get much running in.
You were right there with me when I started running again and entered my first race since high school.
You helped me get through my first marathon and stuck with me as I walked the last 8 miles with a knee injury.
You supported me as I came within 2 minutes of qualifying for Boston in my next marathon.
You eventually accompanied me through the streets from Hopkinton to Boston.
You kept me dry during my summer of training for my sub-5 minute mile and were with me on that memorable day.
You have made many a training run more enjoyable with your many absorbent fibers.
(Jump back across time to last night.)
Oh, headband, how I missed you this last week or two. Something had to be done. So last night, I went on a desperate hunt. I looked through the laundry room, under the washer and dryer, in the hamper again, through my daughters' laundry, and even in their sock drawers. With what hope I had left, I went back to my closet and looked on the floor. No luck. Then, without even realizing what I was doing, I was looking behind the hamper, and what to my wandering eyes should appear, my beautiful, trusty old headband... in desperate need of a wash.
So, into the wash with my kids' socks, underwear and tees it went. And this morning, we were once again reunited. Oh happy day!