Children leave all kinds of things behind at dance class. My teacher could set up a shop and make a fortune if she ever decided to sell the stuff children leave behind.
The most common things children forget, of course, is their theory material. I think a part of them wants to forget so that they don’t have to study it.
Then, of course, are the hundreds of water bottles, umbrellas, jackets, raincoats and scarves. Somehow, there seem to be many things that belong to nobody. My teacher diligently takes things home and brings them for the next class, announcing repeatedly that someone left the following things behind. If she is lucky, children come and claim their things. Very often, though, there are things that no one claims. My teacher continues to bring them for class for a couple of weeks. No one asks about them; no one seems to want them.
The most puzzling piece of lost property was found recently. I simply can’t figure out how a child forgot.
A pair of small pink shoes was left behind. My teacher did not take them home. Someone quietly took them during the next class.