the lost shoe

Whenever Porter is unsure of something, if he doesn't know the answer to a question or if something is confusing him, he extends one chubby little hand, spreads all five fingers as wide as they can go and shrugs his little shoulders, like I dunno. It melts my heart and is something I never ever want to forget. 

So yesterday we were getting ready to head out the door. And then I noticed my kid only had one shoe on. So I took the one shoe off and asked him where his other shoe went.

He extended one chubby little hand, spread all five fingers as wide as they could go and shrugged his little shoulders. I dunno, mom.

And then we spent the next 42 minutes looking for his lost shoe.
Well, he looked for his shoe.
I took pictures and imagined what was going through that sweet little head of his.
Mom wants me to find my lost shoe.
Maybe it fell behind that giant candle I'm not supposed to touch.
Maybe I should touch that giant candle I'm not supposed to touch.
No, no, concentrate Porter.
I see mom's shoes.
There's my coat.
But no lost shoe.
I dunno.
I dunno.
I dunno.
You're documenting this?
Really mom?
Hey! I just remembered!
Dad's working from home today.
I'll go ask him if he's seen my shoe.
Dad, I dunno where my shoe is.
Have you seen it?
It's blue. 
It used to be cousin Jack's.
It looks identical to this one.
Have you seen it, dad?
Get off that conference call and help me!
This is hard.
I wonder what mom's going to make me for lunch.
I'm kind of hungry. 
And these teeth are hurting like a ...
I think I see my shoe!
I dunno.
Maybe not.
Definitely not.
That was a squirrel.
You came to help me look for my shoe!
(he came to look at the squirrel)
You're not being very helpful, Sherm.
I'll just wear mom's shoes instead.
These will work juuuuust fine.
They almost fit perfectly.
There's the other shoe!
I did it ... I found it!
(mom actually found it and placed it behind him)
Sherman, we found it!
Want to smell?
And they all lived happily ever after.
Two blue shoes included.