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Carol Perkins: The Wrong Coat

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By Carol Perkins

As quickly as a grandmother whose grandkids are arriving and the gifts aren't in the gift bags as they edge toward the driveway, I crammed the last puffer jacket into a bag.

"That's Dora's coat," Guy said as I folded the coat and aimed.

"No, that's not Dora's coat. Her coat is in the living room chair." I said this with much authority.

"It sure looks like Dora's coat," he insisted.

I should have listened.

Just a few nights before my Tennessee family arrived, my neighbor came by and went home without her coat. I intended to drop it off, but I always left home without it. We were to get together the following week, so I told her I'd bring her coat. It wasn't in the chair.

"I told you," Guy said, "you put her coat in one of those bags and gave it to JC."

I surely hadn't done that, but the coat was nowhere. "I'm not looking because I know where it is."

I put on my memory hat. For some reason, and now I know why, I ended up with an extra coat while preparing the bags. That kind of shopping is not unusual for me. This time I thought I was ahead, but only because the puffers included Dora's. Now I knew why I had an extra one.

I called Carla. "Mark wore his today, and besides, it's navy, but I'll check JC's bag (Dora's was gray)."

Sure enough, I gifted Dora's coat to JC. I confessed to Dora.

Being the easy-going person she is, Dora had a good laugh over her missing coat. "I have so many coats and jackets I probably wouldn't have missed it, but I asked my daughter if I had left it at her house."

The "traveling" coat will return to Kentucky in a few days. In the meantime, I was short one jacket, so I made a trip to find the exact one I had bought the others. How silly of me. After going to three places, I found a puffer.

Since the Texans are coming, along with the Tennesseans, I hope it doesn't end up in Austin.

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