It’s the last week of school. The Lost & Found pile is gigantic. The school is begging and pleading for parents to come and go through it all before they donate it to a local charity.
Honestly, you’re not even sure if that blue jumper is your son’s lost property or if maybe it’s another child’s clothing. It probably won’t even fit anymore, since that last growth spurt.
On the other hand, that brand name sweatshirt over there sure looks good and nobody’s stepped up to claim it.
Have you ever been tempted to help yourself to the Lost and Found?
I’ll confess. I have. So much great stuff and if it’s abandoned property it seems like the old rule of “Finder’s Keepers. Losers Weepers!” might apply.
Even if you wouldn’t take something outright that wasn’t yours, what about a swap? Toss an outgrown jumper back in favour of a “new” one that fits?
I’ve been tempted, I’ll admit it. But I just couldn’t do it!
I’m far too afraid of my child getting punched on the playground next fall when some bigger child decides my child “stole” their favourite jumper or baseball cap. Plus there is the ick factor. What if the cap went unclaimed because the child that lost it had lice? Ew!
Some of my friends and even a few school officials have confessed to me privately that they regularly “shop” the end of year Lost and Found pile.
How about you? Fess up!
Hansley is wearing Boboli
Agency Moda Moda
Photography by Emily Kornya, children’s fashion photographer who works throughout Europe. She has recently moved back to Europe after completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature, Russian Literature in translation and South Slavic Studies at The University of Toronto.