As the children settle into another school year, I am reminded that a big part of a parent’s role in encouraging academic success is through his or her own actions. I want my daughters to be lifelong learners, never afraid to ask the question “Why?” And what’s that phrase, “The only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask?” Well, I’m doing it for the kids. I am finally going public with a question that has troubled me for years:
What purpose is served by the fabric ties that are on the inside corners of my bedroom comforter cover?
Every time I wash the cover and put the comforter back inside it, I am faced with these eight hanging strings – two to a corner – and the niggling fear that everyone else in the world knows what to do with these except me.
I presume they are intended to keep the comforter from sliding all over in the confines of the fabric cover, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how. Week after week, I examine the corners of the comforter itself – no hook or loop has magically appeared that would suggest the ties could attach to it somehow. Do I just grab a hank of comforter and fasten the ties around it?
I can’t even think of how to craft a Google search request around this one since, as you see, it takes three paragraphs of exposition before I even get to the question.
So I wiggle the comforter into place, button the bottom edge closed, and lay it across the bed, always thinking, What if, god forbid, my comforter slides? Who could I ask to help me understand this? Who would not think this is a weird question?
The answer, dear reader, is You.
Someone out there must know what the heck those ties are for. Enlighten me, so I can move on to my next dilemma: why is diesel gas so much cheaper than regular?
Because I strive to build a community of support here at Midlife Mixtape, I invite you to post your own seemingly unsolvable questions for the rest of us to answer, the kinds of questions that rattle around in the back of your brain pan, unanswered, like those last popcorn kernels that never quite pop.
The person with the weirdest question, as chosen with complete tyranny by me, will win a pack of sticky notes printed with mixtapes that I found at Target in the Dollar Aisle.
Where I was shopping for a new, less confusing comforter cover.