I make sure each of my sons socks has a match before I put them in the washer. This allows me the certainty that I will have matches at the other end of the laundry cycle.
Around the start of the year I was doing the pre-load sock matching and came across a sock that I couldn't find a match for. I hunted a good bit for the sock, but to no avail.
I placed the un-matched dirty sock on the shelf by the washer. I didn't want to wash the one sock, but I wanted to have it waiting by the washer when I found its match.
Each time I have gone to do the laundry I have seen that one sock and wondered where the match could be. At times I have thought about just getting rid of sock. It is just a sock and it isn't like this is his only pair, but I just haven't been able to do it because I felt sure that I would find the match at some point.
I found the sock tonight in a completely unexpected place. The sock now has its mate and I got a great lesson in having faith.