PHOTO: Mom creates 'Forgotten Sock' art exhibit around daughter's dirty laundry

December 7, 2020
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Kids and teens are known for leaving their dirty laundry everywhere.

Xep Campbell, a mother from Port Townsend, Washington, thought of a creative thing to do when her daughter’s dirty sock was left for days on their bathroom floor.

According to Today, the mother wanted to wait for her 10-year-old daughter Kestrel to pick up the sock. Campbell wanted to treat this like “a sort of sociological experiment."

"'The Forgotten Sock' came about when I found a single sock on the floor of the bathroom," Campbell said. "That's not an uncommon occurrence and I would usually just pick it up and toss it in the laundry. For some reason in this case I thought it would be amusing to see how long it would last if I didn't pick it up.”

After her daughter ignored the dirty sock, Campbell had an idea. The woman created a museum label that an art enthusiast might find at a gallery and typed the information on a card. Finally, she listed her daughter as the artist of the “mixed media” piece on display.

Campbell thought others could enjoy the art and posted a picture on her Facebook page.

"I try not to take anything in life too seriously and we often play little jokes on one another so I made the museum label and figured she would roll her eyes, laugh a little, and then pick up the sock," she said.

When Campbell’s daughter found the sock, she didn’t pick it up. However, she went in on the joke and made a pedestal for the art.

Soon enough, the mother posted the pictures to Facebook and over 130,000 people shared the post. The mother said she has received many sweet messages from people across the nation.

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