By Diane Ako
Olivia is into hiding. I forgot that I liked that as a child, too. I wonder why that's so popular with kids.
Anyhow, since she was very young, maybe a year old, she likes to play hide and seek with us, except she totally doesn't get the concept. She will find a place to hide and when I'm pretending to find her, she will announce herself to me, or she will snicker loudly which will give herself away.
After we "find" her she instructs us to play it again, and points out where she's planning to hide. (Usually same place.)
This has not gotten old for the past three years. When she hears Claus' car pull in from work, she'll exclaim, "I better hide! I better hide! Daddy's home!" and dart into a not-very-secret location.
Then she'll tell me, "Tell Daddy I went to school." That's somehow supposed to translate to, "Olivia is hiding here at home."
But we know. Claus will launch into this search mission, complete with running commentary, like, "I wonder if she is here under this pillow? This table?" etcetera, until he finds her and she screams with joy.
A funnier one is in the morning, she wakes up around 6 a.m. and wants to cuddle with me. She is indignant if I'm already out of bed. I usually accommodate her by returning to bed and lying down for five minutes.
During this time, Claus is usually coming out of his morning shower. She will pull the blanket up over her head and instruct me, "Tell Dada that I went to school."
We play that game a few times. It really doesn't even require Claus to canvass any territory. He just stands there and pretends to look, and she squeals upon the removal of the blanket.
As soon as she is "found" she will pull the blanket up over her head again and repeat the sequence.
We have our morning laugh and then it's time to get the day started.
I only wish I could perform a variation on this trick at work. I'll put a towel over my head at my desk and tell my cubicle neighbor to inform all others looking for me that I went to a meeting. With any luck, they'll believe it and wander away to look for me elsewhere!
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