The problem with boys and socks is not just missing socks. It’s missing socks and DESTROYED socks. When running around at home, boys don’t want shoes and certainly have no idea where they left their shoes, so this does not bode well for socks. In fact, it means socks are doomed, because boys have absolutely no interest in removing them. Rain, mud, sleet, snow, gravel, asphalt… It doesn’t matter. They’re goin’ out in their socks.
While wearing nothing on their feet but socks, boys will ride scooters and bikes, play entire games of basketball, chase their sisters in the rain, and spend an hour climbing trees in the neighbor’s yard. And when they’re done with them (or when you yell something smart like “Where are your shoes??? YOU ARE RUINING THOSE SOCKS!!), boys just peel ’em off and toss ’em in a brown wad in the garage. If you let them dry they’re hard as ceramic tile. With embedded chunks of mulch and pebbles.
The problem reaches epidemic levels if you acquire a trampoline like we did, because shoes are not allowed. You’re doing good if you can keep jagged metal objects like razor scooters and lawn sprinklers off the thing. So as long as boys are not shredding the trampoline surface with forks and stuff, you are happy to deal with fossilized rock-blobs of socks all over the yard.
If you get the trampoline, you’d better establish an entire budget addendum to manage sock expenses. We took out a home equity loan. Trampoline = total sock destruction.