My youngest daughter Myra (only 15 months old) still goes to sleep with a pacifier. That's not a problem really ... except when you can't find one !!!
Myra, with her pacifier, playing one-person Musical Chairs
Any parent with experience knows that you'd better have more than just one pacifier (or you'd better know where the ONE you have is at all times!) We have three pacifiers for Myra. This evening ... we couldn't find any of them!
If it hadn't been well past our older kids' bedtimes, we'd have employed the same tactic we've used to find them before: offer a quarter for each pacifier found. It has worked (a few times) surprisingly well before.
But alas, I was left to search the house myself (Karen would have helped but I didn't tell her I was looking so she knew nothing of my one-man search party). I found all three pacifiers ... ONE in Myra's bedroom (under her bed and under a blanket) ... ONE in the "office" (under the kids' computer chair) ... and the last ONE was on the sink in the front bathroom (not under anything!)
Only other parents can truly appreciate the joy it was to find each one, especially in the fact that if she wakes up in the middle of the night I'll be able to toss another one into her bed rather than fumble around in the dark amidst her blankets trying to find one!