Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what happens to my towels. There are times I think the door to my bathroom leads to some sort of lavatorial Bermuda triangle where terrycloth goes to die.
Today my husband disappeared into the bathroom to take a shower. Seconds later he pried the door open a crack and stuck his head out.
“Have you washed towels lately?”
“Have you shaved your legs lately?”
“I’m not trying to be sexist. I just want to dry off.”
“Yesterday I washed everything that resembled a towel. I even threw in that funny sweater your mother gave you.”
“That’s not terry cloth.”
“Well it’s certainly not made of anything that Mother Nature has to offer.”
The door closed. I heard furtive searching sounds coming from the bathroom closet. Seconds later he peered out of the door crack with one distraught eye.
“What’s the matter?”
“All that’s left is the hooded froggie towel from when the kids were little, and the pink velour with the floral design.”
“Go for the flowers. The frog repels moisture. You can dry on that thing for half an hour and still retain enough water to qualify as a camel.”
Later that night I found six hand towels and a frayed wash cloth drying on the towel rack. I guess he didn’t want to take any chances with the rose buds. I tossed them all in the laundry.
It’s not that we don’t own other towels. If all the terry cloth in our possession were draped across the Atlantic, the ocean would dry up quicker than Bernie Madoff’s revenue streams the day the subpoena surfaced.
But our towels are given to vanishing when emergencies arise. Harry Houdini would have been envious of the sleight of hand towels we’ve experienced.
The day that the Captain of my oil pan kept screaming for something to wipe the dipstick with when he was checking my fluids, the festive holiday guest towels disappeared. The day Son One and Son Two were heard arguing over who was to blame for the massive Fruit Loop spill on the living room shag, the blue velour towels I got for Mother’s Day went missing. The day we adopted the third puppy, I took out stock in cotton futures.
There’s nothing I can do about the towels that are already gone, but there are preventive measures I can take to guard against these towel-thieving guys.
First thing Monday morning, I’m heading to Wal-Mart to snag a buggy full of pink velour towels with a floral design.
If that doesn’t work, I’ll hang the froggie on the towel rack year round and let ‘em drip dry. The living room shag will thank me for it.