March 29, 2005

Ready or Not

We have played hide and seek as a family since our girls were quite small. I recall being the Counter and R hiding with whomever was the baby at the time. I would cheat and call out for my baby, the sound of her laughter clueing me as to their conspiratorial hiding place.

Last night we played. It was so much fun! I hid in our closet behind the lower rack of clothes. It was uncomfortable having a stiletto heel penetrate my back, but it was so exciting when the door opened, the light came on, the hunter standing quietly waiting for a mistake on the part of the prey. I held my breath and didn't move, stifling giggles. Victory! After the swishing of a few hangers, the light dimmed and the door closed.

I waited. I love hearing the questions of "where is she" floating through the vents and muted through the doors and floors of the house. Finally, A came back and did a more thorough excavation. I stiffened. She touched my leg and whispered, "I found you." "Shhhh!" I commanded. She snorted her complacent pleasure in finding me, turned off the light and shut the door.

A few more minutes pass and I hear more foot steps, being more than one person, coming to the bedroom, coming to the closet, opening the door, light filtering through the pants, shirts, jackets. The clothes part, like the Red Sea, and a shout of triumph goes up among the people. Finally, I am found.

Posted by Rae at March 29, 2005 11:42 AM

Hey, I just played hide and seek with my 4-year old son yesterday. What fun! I needed inspiration and decided to look for it in the fresh air (or fresh breeze as my son calls it). I was truly humbled by much fun my son had playing with me as he let me know when we finally finished. He looked at me wistfully and commented that I do not play with him much anymore and I had to agree. I have been so busy working on my writing that I have not been as present with him as I would like.

Thanks for your post. It affirms what I suspected- a little play is no crime and nothing to feel ashamed of no matter how busy I am.

Posted by: Victoria at March 29, 2005 01:32 PM

Very cute! :-D

Posted by: Beth Ellen at March 29, 2005 03:57 PM

Aah. I remember playing hide and seek with my nephew. What fun. Also great was the ol' hide the object and say warmer/colder/hot/red-hot as he searches for it game!

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 29, 2005 07:28 PM

You certainly enjoy your children. Who wouldn't? They are a joy to be around.

I may need a small holiday. It seems that I have been hit with every ailment known to man these past few weeks. I've had the stomach flu, pink eye, nasty coughing stuff and of course the ever-present blood pressure.

Funds or no funds, I may have to come to see my friend. You are always a comfort to me.

Posted by: Amy Jo at March 29, 2005 09:56 PM

Yes, cute! What a great post. We have been enjoying hide and seek - and each other - too!

Posted by: Julie at March 29, 2005 10:40 PM
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