We have a ferret. If you know anything about ferrets, you know they are notorious for stealing things and hiding them. The last time we moved our bed, when we picked up the box spring we discovered a hidey-hole. The little bastard had torn open the fabric and filled the inside with all sorts of random items. Mostly red things, because for some reason our ferret hates anything red.
My daughter is 7. It’s possible that she thinks she is a ferret. Or maybe she’s just weird. It does run in the family.
She started hiding things a few years ago. This was the first thing I found where it didn’t belong:
You can imagine my surprise when I wanted a pot and found eyeballs instead. It was traumatizing, and not just because I jumped back and fell on my ass.
This child squirrels away the strangest things, in the oddest places.
She’s hidden Easter eggs under my pillow. Actually, they were Easter eggs and Silly Putty eggs, which I did not discover until the next morning when I woke up with Silly Putty everywhere. There are still suspicious-looking stains on my comforter.
She puts acorns in the clean laundry.
When anything goes missing, we know who to ask. It drives my husband crazy, because two of her favorite things to hide are his hat and the TV remote.
She really likes sticking things in the spice rack, and when I went to take a picture of the pinecone that was there last week, I found this instead:
I recently found an unmatched pair of my dirty socks, which had been filled with dozens of My Little Ponies and stuffed under her bed.
This cabinet is at the end of the hallway, and is one of her favorite spots to hide things:
There is, or there was yesterday, a nearly empty bottle of water, two fake mustaches, a notepad, Christmas candy shaped like diamonds, a pinecone, bubble wrap, a jewelry box full of pennies, a flashlight, and a strip of animal-print fabric. Just the necessities.
Below is her diary, carefully placed in the bottom of a drawer in my bathroom.
There is one thing we take turns hiding. She puts it in my pillowcase, under my blanket, in my underwear drawer, in my shoe, or on my shoulder.
I put it in the very bottom of toy boxes, up high where (presumably) she can’t reach it, and in boxes marked “yard sale.”
The next time I find this one, no doubt when I’m least expecting it, I’ll be hiding it in the damn trashcan.