The Mystery of the Missing Plate

Yesterday was the big party we had for Tax Deductions the Elder and Younger (their birthdays are four days apart. Okay, two years and four days, if you're going to get technical). Toward the end of the day, four boys were in the living room, zoning out on Oreos and Pokemon. At the end of the night, there were only three paper plates in the living room (with crumbs on them, mostly).

Uh oh.

So I went looking for the missing plate. Not on the sofa. Not on the chair. Not on the bookshelf. Not on the floor.

Then I made the mistake of sweeping under our living room sofa, just in case the plate had gotten shoved under there.

Items found:

7 M&Ms
2 toy spiders
4 pieces of Cap'n Crunch
2 pieces of Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries
8 crumbs (unidentifiable)
3 toy pieces, assorted
4 angry dust bunnies (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail: AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa--!)
2 stickers, with backings still on
1 sticker, without the backing and with a dead dust bunny attached to it

Did I find the missing plate with cookie crumbs? Nope.

So...where's the plate? (No, this isn't a riddle. There is no right answer. I'm seriously wondering: WHERE IS THE PLATE?)


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